A bathroom staple for many women — talcum powder — has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talc is an ingredient commonly found in baby powder and other personal care products designed to protect the skin. While it may be effective for preventing moisture and rashes, it seems prolonged use of talc-based powder could have much harsher consequences. Numerous studies have confirmed this link. In fact, many women have chosen to pursue lawsuits against big name manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson, stating their ovarian cancer was a direct result of dangerous products that don’t include adequate warning labels.
There are two talcum powder products that have been at the center of recent lawsuits: Johnson’s® Baby Powder and Shower to Shower®. These are two of the highest selling products on the market, but any product containing talc-based powder could carry potential risks for the development of ovarian cancer.
The biggest health risk seems to be for women who regularly apply talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes. Though used externally, studies suggest that powder may migrate into the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes, accumulating inside the body over time. A study from Cancer Prevention Research confirmed that those who use talcum powder for feminine hygiene may face a 20 to 30 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer, compared to women who don’t. Since African-American women are often the target of talcum powder marketing, their risk is considered even higher.
Current research indicates that the primary dangers of talc-based powders involve women using the products for feminine hygiene purposes. However, after learning that these powders have been linked to cancer, many moms decide to eliminate them from their homes altogether. Though the risk to babies seems very low to nonexistent, every parent must make the most informed, research-based decisions about the products they use.
If you have recently received an ovarian cancer diagnosis, you likely have many questions. Women who have used products like Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower® in the past wonder if their disease could’ve been prevented, and how they can pursue compensation for their losses. Speaking with a qualified attorney can help clarify some of the uncertainties and determine whether or not filing a lawsuit may in your best interest.
Ward Black Law charges nothing for your initial consultation- and we’ll be glad to do so by phone, email or in person. If you want us to pursue your case and we believe we can help you, you will owe no money for legal fees or costs upfront! Any attorneys fees/costs will be deducted only if and when you get a recovery for your injuries. Our attorneys fees are based on a percentage of your settlement/recovery. If you do not obtain a settlement or recovery, you will owe our firm nothing for our services.
If you believe you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based powders, contact us now to request a free consultation.