Talcum Powder Cancer Link
Written by Faith Anderson on June 30, 2014
Connection Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Ignored for Years
The first evidence of a potential link between talc-based powders and ovarian cancer was published decades ago.
A growing number of talcum powder lawsuits are being pursued on behalf of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, citing a wealth of research indicating that concerns about the connection between talc and cancer have been ignored for decades. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of talcum powder, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous products, and can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling talcum powder cancer claims. With a qualified lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and seek fair and timely reimbursement for your losses.
Talc Named a “Possible Carcinogen”
Talc has been used as a body powder since the late 1800s, and use of talcum-based powders by women following a shower for feminine hygiene purposes has grown considerably in recent decades. However, serious concerns have been raised recently about the safety of talcum powder use for feminine hygiene, and mounting research has linked some of the most popular talcum powders, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower powder, to an increased risk of ovarian cancer among women. In fact, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talcum powder, when used on the genitals, as a “possible carcinogen.”
Link Between Talcum Powder and Cancer
National attention was brought to the issue of talc-related ovarian cancer in June 2013, following a study published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research that found a 20% to 30% increased risk of ovarian cancer among women who used talc-based powders for feminine hygiene purposes. However, the first signs of a potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer were first seen as far back as the 1960s. In a study published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility in 1961, researchers found that carbon particles similar to those found in talc could migrate from the exterior of a woman’s genitals to her ovaries. Another study published in 1968 found that 19% of talc consists of fibers similar to those found in asbestos, which could cause unexpected medical problems.
An Experienced Talcum Powder Lawyer Can Help
The first study that established a direct connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer was published in 1982 by researchers from Harvard, who concluded that women who used talc-based products for feminine hygiene increased their risk of developing ovarian cancer by 92%. In the years since, many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have pursued talcum powder lawsuits against the makers of talc-based baby powders and body powders, including Johnson & Johnson. If you used J&J’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower powder, and you have since been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact a reputable talcum powder lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries.