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Is There A Link Between Talcum Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer?

By Michelle Hockers on March 1, 2016 // Leave a Comment
milwaukee-personal-injury-lawyer-talcum-powder.jpgMany of us think of talcum powder as a white powder that is safe enough to use on a baby’s bottom. That may not be the case when it comes to certain uses, such as the hygienic use of talcum powder by females in the genital area.

Studies Show the Risks of Prolonged Use of Talcum Powder

More than 20 epidemiologic studies support an association between the use of talc powder in the genital area and ovarian cancer. The earliest studies date from journals that were published in the mid-1960’s and show a threefold increase in ovarian cancer in females using this product. The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health has similarly recognized that the use of talcum powder, to talc, may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

The major sellers of talc for hygienic use have been specifically requested by scientists studying this problem to warn females not to use this product in their genital area. As of this time, the only warnings on talcum powder bottle address a concern for inhalation risk.

Recent Lawsuit Shows Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

You may have seen a recent lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, where Missouri jury  awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson's well-known baby powder and other products containing talcum.

The main substance in talcum powder is a magnesium trisilicate, a natural substance mined from the earth. A safer alternative is corn starch.

Watch this short video to learn more about the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer. 

Find a Personal Injury Lawyer to Help You

The personal injury lawyers in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Mequon at Murphy & Prachthauser, are currently investigating cases involving females that have used talc powder hygienically who have developed ovarian cancer. If you would like further information, please contact us today, or compelte a free case evaluation. 

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