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Talcum Powder And Ovarian Cancer

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Talcum Powder, or Talc,  is a mineral comprised mainly of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is widely used in many cosmetic products and powders to prevent wetness, chaffing and rashes. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has used talcum powder in their Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products for many generations, developing a large and loyal customer-base throughout the years.

Since 1971, more than 20 studies have linked talc powder to ovarian cancer, and, in 2003, an analysis of 16 of these studies found that women using talcum powder were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer. It has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of popular talc-based powders, including Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, knew about the ovarian cancer risk since at least 1982, but failed to warn women using these products.

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For decades, researchers have been studying the potential link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder. It is believed that talc powder, when used near the genitals, can travel to the ovaries and become embedded in the ovarian tissue. While talc is a natural mineral, it is very difficult for the body to remove the particles and, as a result, inflammation may occur and cancerous tumors may form. The first publication to suggest that talc may cause ovarian cancer was published in 1971 in the medical journal The Lancet. In the study, researchers discovered that a majority of ovarian tumors had talc particles “deeply embedded” in them. Then, in 1982, researchers found that women using talcum powder during ovulation were at a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. During the next three decades, an additional 21 studies were performed on talc powder, and almost all of these studies found that women using these products near their genitals were at an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer.

To date, both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society consider talc use near the genitals as a “risk factor” for ovarian cancer. Despite this possible link, Johnson & Johnson and other talc powder manufacturers have not placed warnings about this risk on their products.

There are a wide range of over the counter products containing talcum powder, and some of the more common products are the following:

  • Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower Absorbent Body Powder
  • Body Powders
  • Foot Powders
  • Deodorant Powders
  • Feminine Hygiene Pads
  • Incontinence Pads
  • Perfumed Powders
  • Medicated Powders

If you have used any of these products, cease using them immediately. If you took these products and received an ovarian cancer diagnosis, contact a Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Attorney immediately.

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Talcum powder continues to be a controversial product that poses a safety risk for women. If you or a loved one received a cancer diagnosis from your ovarian cancer doctor after using talcum powder, contact us today.


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