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Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Talc is a mineral made up of various elements, including magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It is ground to make talcum powder, which has been used to absorb moisture on the body. Talcum powder is widely available in various products, including baby powder, body powder, and facial powder.

How does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?

Talcum powder consists of small particles of talc. When the powder is dusted on the genital area, it may travel through the vagina and fallopian tubes into the ovaries. These talcum powder particles can settle in the fallopian tubes and ovaries, causing cancer cells to form and spread.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that perineal talc is a possible carcinogen. More than twenty epidemiologic studies have shown an association between talcum powder (baby powder) use in the genital area and ovarian cancer. In fact, case-control studies found premenopausal women were 2-3 times more likely to develop ovarian cancer when using powders or feminine hygiene products containing talc, compared to women with no use. However, manufacturers of talcum powder have failed to warn consumers about this danger for over 40 years-and still fail to warn users.

If you or a loved one used talcum powder and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer of the fallopian tubes, you may have a legal claim. Weinstein Couture would be privileged to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.

Women's Use of Talcum Powder

Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, and other manufacturers heavily marketed talc-based body powders and feminine hygiene products to women as preventing foul vaginal odors. Women commonly applied these products directly to their vaginal area or onto sanitary pads and underwear. However, studies have shown that when these products are used on the genitals, the talc particles travel through the vagina and into the ovaries, where they remain trapped for years and cause inflammation. This may lead to the growth of ovarian cancer cells.

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Alternatives to Talc Body Powder

Studies dating back to the 1960's show talcum powder can lead to ovarian cancer. Talc body powder can be substituted with arrowroot powder, chickpea powder, baking soda, corn flour, cornstarch, rice flour, or oat flour: common ingredients that can be found at local grocery stores. You might already have some of these items at home. Consider alternatives to talcum powder or talcum-containing baby powder.

No Warning

Johnson and Johnson, NIVEA, Gold Bond Body Powder, Avon, Colgate-Palmolive, and Ponds all manufacture talcum or baby powder products . None of these manufacturers label their products with appropriate warnings about increased risk of ovarian cancer. Women can use talcum powder regularly for decades without knowing there is a risk. When talcum powder is applied to the perineal area, talc particles travel through the woman's reproductive system and eventually reach the ovaries. When talc arrives at the ovaries, it allows cancer cells to grow and thrive.

There is significant evidence, dating back to the 1990's, that Johnson and Johnson knew talcum powder was harmful. Over 20 epidemiological studies showing a correlation between talcum powder and ovarian cancer have been published. Throughout the 1990's, researchers sent Johnson and Johnson letters stating talc can cause cancer cells in the ovaries. Despite this knowledge, in 1994, Johnson and Johnson made the decision not to label talcum powder because they said there was not enough evidence. Yet by this time, multiple studies had been published showing consistent links between usage and ovarian cancer.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Law firms are filing suits against talcum powder manufacturers. We at Weinstein Couture are currently investigating and accepting cases for clients who have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one due to the complications caused by talcum powder.

Call us at 800-406-1690 for a free consultation to learn more about the dangers of talcum powder and how to file a ovarian cancer lawsuit. Contact our attorneys now to make sure that the statute of limitations does not run out in your case. We will go over your medical history and complications, and our staff can look into medical records to find out if you have a case.