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Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Women are becoming increasingly more alarmed over the link between talcum powder usage and ovarian cancer. A number of studies published in various medical and scientific journals have concluded that the use of talcum powder in the genital area increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. This disturbing information has been known by the manufacturers of products, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, for many years. However, the product manufacturers chose not to put warnings on their products or in their advertisements.

Like asbestos, talc is a mineral that is mined throughout the world. Talc also shares some other similarities with asbestos. Asbestos fibers were typically found in the lungs of individuals who developed asbestos-related cancers. Likewise, talc particles have been found in the ovaries of women who applied baby powder containing talc to the genital area and developed ovarian cancer.

The studies showing a link between talcum powder usage and ovarian cancer go back as far as 1971. There continued to be numerous epidemiological studies published throughout the 1980s and 1990s linking baby powder containing talc to ovarian cancer in women. As early as 1992, manufacturers of products containing talcum powder were urged to put warning labels on their products, advising women of this serious health threat. In 2003, medical researchers reviewed and analyzed sixteen of the studies that had been done linking the use of baby powder containing talc to ovarian cancer. They concluded that women using baby powder containing talc were 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer. A 2013 Cancer Prevention Research article also concluded that women who use talcum powder in the genital area have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer when compared to women who had never used talcum powder.

Lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of talcum powder products, including Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuits allege that the product manufacturers advertised their products containing talcum powder as being safe when, in fact, the manufacturers have known for decades that these products were not safe for women who used them on their genital area.

Suthers & Harper is currently investigating potential lawsuits against the manufacturers of talcum powder products. If you believe that you or someone you know has developed ovarian cancer after having frequently used baby powder containing talc, you may have a valid lawsuit for compensation. Contact the defective product attorneys at Suthers & Harper or call toll free 1.800.320.2384 for a free consultation.

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