Women have been using baby powder and other talc products for years, for feminine hygiene purposes, believing it was perfectly safe, but studies show that is significantly increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Studies Find Link to Ovarian Cancer
More than 20 epidemiological studies over the last 40 years have found an association between talc powder use in the genital area and ovarian cancer.
The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth published an article in 1971 titled “Talc and Carcinoma of the Ovary and Cervix” in which researchers said that when they studying ovarian tumors they had found talc deeply embedded in the tumor tissues.
More recently the journal Cancer Prevention Research published a study in June, 2013 that found that women who dusted their groin area with talcum powder have a 20% to 30% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer than those who do not.
How Women are Exposed
For decades women have used baby powder and other talcum powder products to minimize moisture, reduce chaffing and minimize feminine odor. Some women simply use baby powder, while others use products marketed specifically to women for this purpose, such as Shower to Shower.
The National Cancer Institute says, “the use of talc may cause a small increase in the risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder dusted on the perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus) may reach the ovaries by entering the vagina.”
When the powder is applied to the genital area the particles can actually travel through the vaginal, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries where they collect and cause inflammation that eventually leads to cancer.
Failure to Warn
Studies have found a link between genital talc use and ovarian cancer as far back as the 1960’s. Johnson & Johnson has never warned users of this risk, although its baby powder carries an inhalation warning for infants. Johnson & Johnson has been aware of the connection between talc and ovarian cancer for years.
Women who have developed ovarian cancer after using baby powder and other talcum powder products for feminine hygiene purposes, and the loved ones of women who have lost their lives to ovarian cancer as a result of using these products, may be able to recover financial compensation. Use our directory to find a lawyer near you.