The Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Talcum powder certainly seems like a safe product that is unlikely to cause injuries. After all, it is formulated for infant diaper changes and often even referred to as “baby powder.” However, some studies link the talc in talcum powder to ovarian cancer. If you or a loved one is interested in pursuing a talcum powder lawsuit after developing this type of cancer, count on D’Amico Law Offices, LLC for representation. Our Pittsburgh, PA practice focuses on legal compensation for people who have suffered injuries caused by another’s negligence.

The Trouble With Talcum Powder

The connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer dates to 1971 when particles of this powder were found in ovarian tumors in a research study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the British Commonwealth. Since then, several clinical studies have detected a link between ovarian cancer and exposure to talcum powder. In 2010, the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer reported an increased risk of ovarian cancer among women who used talcum powder for freshness and dryness in their genital area.

More recent studies have provided added evidence for this link. The 2016 African American Cancer Epidemiology Study (AACES) found that women who reported use of talc in the genital area were 44% more likely to have ovarian cancer than women who did not habitually use the powder. The same year, a study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health reported a 33% higher risk for ovarian cancer associated with use of talc in the genital area.

In addition to numerous studies, the American Cancer Society warns women of the danger of talcum powder and encourages the use of a powder with cornstarch instead of talc. The concern is that talcum powder applied to the genitals, underwear, or sanitary napkins can end up inside the body, irritating the ovaries. This irritation promotes inflammation and the growth of cancer cells.

Taking Your Case to Negotiation or Litigation

Despite these studies about the high risk of baby powder cancer, the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has denied the claims and refused to put a warning on any of its products that contain talc. These products include their baby powder, body powder, and other deodorizing powders.

Our lawyers believe in your right to seek fair compensation for damages caused by products with hazardous ingredients. You are not alone in seeking justice; as more than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed. When you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and believe it may be caused by talcum powder, call our Pittsburgh law firm at 412-906-8180 to arrange a free consultation or complete our online form. We will review your case and help you determine whether you may be eligible for legal damages. We proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia.