Women who have used talcum powder as part of their feminine hygiene routine have an increased chance of developing ovarian cancer. The association between talcum powder (baby powder) and ovarian cancer has been the subject of debate and scientific research since 1971. The most recent and far-reaching study, published in June of 2013 in ‘Cancer Prevention Research’, claims a 24% increased risk of ovarian cancer for women who regularly apply talcum powder in the genital region after showering or bathing.
What is the Concern over Talcum Powder?
The concerns over talcum powder arose after a 1971 study found talc particles in the ovarian tissue of ovarian cancer patients. Scientists found that talc particles that enter a woman’s body through the vagina can cause inflammation in the pelvic area, and this inflammation can increase endometrial cancer risks. Studies show that talc can survive in the tissue for an estimated eight years before dissolving. Talc originates from a mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate. Silicate has scientific properties similar to asbestos which is known to cause Mesothelioma, a serious form of lung cancer.
Talcum Powder Law Suits
Talc has been marketed to women for years as an effective agent for keeping skin dry, preventing rashes and as a vaginal deodorant. Despite studies showing a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, talc mining companies and big businesses such as Johnson & Johnson have refused to issue warnings about the connection. In fact, a products liability law suit brought against Johnson & Johnson in 2013 found that a woman’s use of Johnson & Johnson talc products contributed to her ovarian cancer and that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn users of its talcum powder products of the potential ovarian cancer risks. The Johnson & Johnson products in question are Johnson’s Baby Powder and Johnson’s Shower- to- Shower. Lawyers for the company admitted that executives at Johnson & Johnson were aware of studies showing the link between talc and epithelial ovarian cancer. Other lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson are pending across the nation.
Talcum Powder is a “Risk Factor” for Ovarian Cancer
Some researchers theorize that talc enters the female reproductive system and inflames the ovaries. Studies indicate that women who are postmenopausal and have used talcum powder have the greatest increased risk of endometrial cancer. The FDA has yet to issue a warning against using talc around the pelvic area. However, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society have stated that talc dusting near the genitals is a “risk factor” for ovarian cancer.
Potential Talcum Powder Law Suits in Kentucky
Research indicates that many women who have used talcum powder for intimate personal hygiene may have unknowingly been put at risk of developing ovarian cancer. Please contact Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC, a Louisville attorney who works on product liability cases throughout the state of Kentucky. Brett is exploring potential legal recourse for women who believe that talcum-based products contributed to their ovarian cancer and ovarian tumors. Brett can help you to understand if you may be able to seek legal action in Kentucky for your pain, suffering and losses. Call Brett at (502) 242-8877 for a free consultation.
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