Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer: Are You At Risk?

In early 2016, an Alabama judge awarded a landmark $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. Her illness was linked to the use of talcum powder, a common personal care product. The recent case and award is bringing some of the dangers of using this common product to light; one major manufacturer has been hit with over 1,000 lawsuits already. Johnson & Johnson, producer of baby powder, failed to put appropriate warning labels on the product, even after multiple studies showed a link between talc use and ovarian cancer.

What is Talc – and Why is it Dangerous?

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in powder form in products primarily marketed to women and babies. The American Cancer Society lists talc as a cancer risk; using this powder in or around the genital area can increase your risk of ovarian cancer by up to 30%. This cancer is very difficult to detect until it is in the latter stages, making it a very dangerous condition. The cancer can spread to other parts of the body before it is detected.

Studies as far back as the early 70s pointed out the increased risk of ovarian cancer for talcum powder users. Nevertheless, Johnson & Johnson and other personal care companies continued to use and market the product without warning consumers of the danger.

If you have used talcum powder and have contracted ovarian cancer, it is imperative that you seek out medical assistance. You should also seek the guidance of a St. Louis personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure you are being treated fairly. Contact us for a free consultation and to talk about your specific situation and to learn more about your options.