Concerns about the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer are growing. For more than thirty years, scientists have studied the link between the common household product and ovarian cancer. Many assume that baby powder – a product used by both infants and adults alike – is safe to apply to the vaginal area to promote hygiene. In fact, studies have reported, this may instead lead to the development of ovarian cancer when these powders are talc-based.
Increased Risk for Ovarian Cancer
Some research suggests, when used on the female genitals, the talc can travel up to the ovaries and become lodged in the tissues. One study found that in 13 women with ovarian cancer, 10 were found with talc particles deeply embedded in their bodies. Though talc is a natural mineral, the body cannot easily rid itself of the substance. Consequently, inflammation and cancerous tumors can form on the ovaries.
Why Aren’t Women Being Warned?
The link between talc and cancer has been highly researched, with some studies suggesting women who use talc on their genitals are significantly more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not. A 1971 study first linked talc to the development of ovarian cancer. Yet more than 30 years later, talcum powder manufacturers still have not included any kind of warnings on their product labels.
Did Johnson & Johnson Know About the Risk?
Johnson & Johnson’s popular products Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower are both talc-based products. Allegedly, J&J knew about the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for quite some time, however never took action to warn consumers.
Johnson and Johnson was sued in 2013 by a woman who developed cancer after using their talc powder for many years. Following the case, researchers recommended the company add in health warnings about the carcinogenic nature of the product. Still, Johnson and Johnson has chosen not to follow such recommendations.
Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.