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Baby Powder Lawsuits Filed for Ovarian Cancer

The serious threat of ovarian cancer caused by talc-based baby powder has prompted ovarian cancer victims to pursue lawsuits.

Talcum powder has been found to cause ovarian cancer when used by women for perineal hygiene.
Johnson & Johnson, a major manufacturer of talc-based baby powder and body powder, has been accused of failing to warn consumers of the risks of talcum powder. As many as 10,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year as a result of baby powder use, says Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Cramer. Ovarian cancer is a serious disease and is expected to result in more than 14,000 deaths this year in the U.S.

The first talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit was brought–and won–against J & J in federal court in 2013. A lawyer representing the cosmetic giant admitted executives had known about the association between baby powder and ovarian cancer for years.

The talcum powder ovarian cancer risk has been documented through numerous studies dating back to 1982. When talc products such as baby powder are applied to the genital region, talc particles can travel through the female reproductive system to the ovaries. Talc particles may remain in the ovaries for many years, causing inflammation and creating an environment conducive to the growth of cancer cells. One expert estimates that roughly 10,000 women each year develop ovarian cancer as a result of using baby powder or body powder.

Despite evidence presented by scientific studies linking perineal talcum powder dusting to ovarian cancer, talc is an unregulated substance in the U.S. However, many other organizations have issued talcum powder ovarian cancer warnings to caution consumers about the risk of cancer associated with baby powder. At times, even executives from the cosmetics industry have admitted there is scientific evidence behind the baby powder cancer link.

Facts about talcum powder and its common uses

Talcum powder is derived from talc, a mineral comprised mostly of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen.
When rendered in powder form, it works to absorb excess moisture, reduces friction, and successfully keeps skin rashes at bay. Many cosmetic products incorporate talcum powder in their formulations, including baby powders, facial powders, and products used for feminine hygiene purposes. The last of these uses has been of greatest concern to safety advocates, as research has supported the proposition that a surprisingly large number of women may have developed cases of ovarian cancer due to talcum powder use, when talc made its way to the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus.

Research linking talcum powder and cancer

Despite the fact that talc has been a staple of cosmetic products for hundreds, if not thousands of years, several research studies have found strong connections between the use of talcum powders for feminine hygiene purposes and the development of ovarian cancer.

Specifically, in 1971, a pivotal study of talcum powder risks found that75% of all ovarian tumors actually contained talc. A 2013 study in the Cancer Prevention research journal examined data for roughly 2,000 women with a history of using talcum powder for genital hygiene. The research revealed that women using talc in this way were likely to face a20-30% increase in their risk of ovarian cancer compared to women who did not make similar use of such products.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after regularly using talc-based baby or body powder, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Hutton & Hutton for a free, confidential legal consultation with an experienced Wichita personal injury attorney.