Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

The Link between Baby Powder and Cancer

While many women have long used talc-based products such as baby powder to reduce odor and increase comfort in their genital area, scientific evidence is mounting that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. One study by a Harvard researcher concluded that women who apply talcum powder have a 30 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer and marketer of many talcum powder products, has continued to deny talc causes ovarian cancer. However, juries recently awarded $127 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson as a result of lawsuits alleging that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson is currently defending against over 1,000 additional talcum powder lawsuits across the United States.


Does Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

For years, talcum powder has been marketed to women as a safe hygiene product. However, evidence uncovered in the lawsuits shows Johnson & JohnsonDespite knowing that there might be a cancer risk for consumers, Johnson & Johnson has never warned its customers of the possible danger. was advised as far back as 1971 that there was a possible connection between applying baby powder to the genital area and ovarian cancer. Despite knowing that there might be a cancer risk for consumers, Johnson & Johnson has never warned its customers of the possible danger. Instead, Johnson & Johnson continued to market these products as safe to the public. Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing Shower to Shower product was specifically marketed to women as a feminine hygiene product for use after bathing in order to maintain a “fresh” feeling or reduce odor.

Talc is a mineral containing magnesium and silicon. In studies that conclude that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, one theory is that when baby powder is applied to the genital area, it travels through a woman’s reproductive tract to her ovaries. Once in the ovaries, the talc is believed to cause inflammation. The body’s inflammatory response to the presence of talc can eventually result in cancer. Studies have shown that some women with ovarian cancer who have used talcum powder often had particles of talc embedded in their ovaries.


Talc Ovarian Cancer Cases

Our law firm is representing women and their families who have been victimized and suffered from ovarian cancer due to their use of baby powder and other talc products. Our attorneys have represented clients in numerous cases involving defective prescription drug, medical devices, and other dangerous products, recovering million of dollars for worthy families.  If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after longtime use of talcum powder or have lost a loved one who used these products, we would welcome the opportunity to talk to you.

You do not have to call a toll free number and hire a law firm from across the county to whom you might be just a number.  If you want to discuss a potential talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit, you can talk to our lawyers right here in South Carolina that can meet with you face-to-face, answer your questions, and discuss how we may be able to help.  You can talk to an attorney with Proffitt & Cox, LLP for free and with no obligation. To set up a free consultation, call us or fill out the online contact form on this page today.

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