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Talcum/Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer

For almost 50 years, scientists have known about a possible association between talc and ovarian cancer. Because Talc does not break down in the body, application of it in the genitalia areas can lead to migration of talcum powder all the way into the ovaries through the fallopian tubes. Once in the ovaries, talc can cause adverse reactions (such as epithelial inflammation) leading to cancer.

Talc and asbestos fibers are chemically and structurally similar, and some scientists believe that the ovarian cancer associated with talc is similar to the mesothelioma that is caused by asbestos.

Other device manufacturers (such as condom and tampons) stopped using talc in their products due to safety concerns.  However, J&J continues to market talc-containing powders, to tout their safety, and to encourage their daily application. In fact, J&J continues to claim that “few ingredients have the same… safety profile as cosmetic talc” on one of its websites.

It has become quite clear in the medical community over the last number of years that talcum powder and baby powder used for feminine hygiene can greatly increase the likelihood of a woman developing ovarian cancer.

Talcum powder is a substance made from talc which is the softest mineral known. For a long time, we have known that Talc is good at absorbing moisture, oils, and odors, as well as reducing friction and preventing chafing. That has led to the widespread use of talcum powder in cosmetic products, such as body powders and feminine hygiene products.

Both Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower are advertised for feminine hygiene and utilize talc.  Baby Powder was first sold on the U.S. market as early as 1894, and both products have been popular for decades.

Unlike drugs, cosmetic products do not require any regulatory approval or safety assessment (by the FDA or other agencies) before they go on the market.

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a cancer that originates in the ovaries. In the early stages, it has vague (if any) symptoms and usually remains undetected until it has spread in the pelvic and abdominal regions. When present, symptoms are nonspecific and include abdominal swelling/bloating, abdominal/pelvic pain, feeling full quickly when eating, frequent urination, and other common signs.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, this may be related to the use of product that included Talcum Powder. 

Your time to file a claim may be limited.  We recommend that you contact a lawyer immediately regarding your potential Talcum Powder claim.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm as the result of using a medical device, pharmaceutical drug, or other product, we have the experience to handle your claim. The attorneys at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL, can help you navigate the confusing process and make sure your case gets the attention that it deserves. For more information, or to schedule a free case evaluation with our firm, please call us or contact us online.

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