Some Studies Have Linked Talcum Powder And Ovarian Cancer

by Terry Bryant

Did you know some studies have linked talcum powder and ovarian cancer? If you weren’t aware of this potential risk, you’re not alone. Women across the nation have recently joined in two class-action lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, one of the most notable manufacturers of talcum powder.

For years, women have used the substance as a feminine hygiene product, while the makers of condoms and diaphragms have also used it to absorb moisture. Some reports suggest, however that particles of the substance, when applied on or near a woman’s genitals, can travel to the ovaries and cause irritation as well as carcinoma.

While some studies contend there is no discernible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, many others—including those conducted by the World Health Organization’s and International Agency for Research on Cancer—concluded the substance is a possible carcinogen to the female reproductive organs.

Although the potential health risk of talc has been discussed for some time, plaintiffs claim manufacturers have neglected to warn consumers of the possible danger. In some cases, they even encouraged the use of their products as a feminine hygiene aid.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of talcum powder, a product liability attorney may be able to help. They will work to provide you with financial peace of mind by fighting on your behalf to obtain damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.