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Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Risk

Women have used talcum or baby powder for generations as a personal hygiene product. Talcum powder, made from the mineral talc, is used to prevent chafing, odor, and to protect skin integrity in the perineal area. However, published medical studies since 1971 have linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer in women. Despite these studies, manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson have never placed a warning label on talcum powder or baby powder products.

What Products Are Included

  • Johnson & Johnson SHOWER TO SHOWER powder
  • Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder
  • Any powder containing talc.

Studies Linking Talcum Powder To Ovarian Cancer

The first study linking talc powder to ovarian cancer was published in the British medical journal The Lancet in 1971, “Talc and Carcinoma of the Ovary and Cervix”. The study authors found that for the majority of ovarian tumors “talc particles were found deeply embedded within the tumour tissue”.  In 1982, the medical journal Cancer published “Ovarian cancer and talc: a case-control study“. This study found that women using talcum powder during ovulation had a greater increased risk of contracting ovarian cancer. Since that study was published, over 20 other studies have linked talc exposure and ovarian cancer.

Safer Alternatives to Talcum Powder

Cornstarch powder. In 1999 the American Cancer Society and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and other groups recommended that women use cornstarch powders, rather than talcum powders, in the genital area, because of the talcum powder ovarian cancer risk. Many manufacturers now use corn starch in place of talc. Johnson & Johnson has continued using talc to this day

What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Unfortunately, often ovarian cancer has no symptoms in the early stages. Some people in later stages also experience no symptoms, but some do experience weight loss, pain in the abdomen or pelvis, a feeling of fullness in the abdomen, fluid or lump in the abdomen, changes in bowel habits, nausea, indigestion, bloating, fatigue, and/or loss of appetite.

What Can You Do?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder or baby powder, you may have a claim for damages. Contact the product liability specialists at Thornton Law Firm for a confidential, no-obligation evaluation of your legal rights at 1-888-341-1405. Or tell us your story using our online contact form for a free and thorough evaluation of your legal rights.

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