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Talcum Powder And Ovarian Cancer

Posted on September 1, 2016

Talcum powder is a widely used sanitary and cosmetic product that is distributed under the name of “baby powder” by the maker Johnson & Johnson. Over the last few decades, several studies have shown a link between talcum powder and various types of cancer, in particular, ovarian cancer. In recent times, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of this product, and the majority of the suits involve the development of cancer. If you believe that talcum powder is the cause of your or your loved one’s cancer, the following information may be helpful.

What is Talc?

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that is composed primarily of silicon and magnesium. Its softness and low reactivity make it one of the most highly prized minerals in the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries. Before it can be used as a base for talcum powder, the talc is broken down and processed, turning it into a powdery, white substance. Recent concerns have stemmed from the fact that talc is often mined near asbestos, a carcinogen that is now outlawed in numerous countries. Several studies have also linked talcum powder to lung cancer, especially when it is inhaled on a regular basis for extended periods of time.

Talc and Inflammation

Studies have also concluded that talc particles can cause inflammation, which is understood to be an important factor in the development of ovarian cancer. This link was first studied in the 1990s, but manufacturers have publicly stated that it is possible for talc particles to provoke an inflammatory reaction in some individuals. To combat the concern surrounding this possibility, many manufacturers of talcum powder have started to offer talc-free versions of products to their customers.

The Harvard Study

A 1982 study conducted by Harvard researchers attempted to understand the link between talcum powder and cancer. It studied 215 females suffering from ovarian cancer and found that nearly 43 percent of the subjects regularly used talc for various purposes. The study concluded that women who used talcum powder were almost twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer.

Let Us Assist You

Talcum powder continues to be one of the most widely used products in the world, and as of today, the FDA has not issued any warnings regarding cancer and talc. Despite this fact, studies continue to link various forms of cancer to the cosmetic product. If you have been diagnosed with cancer after using talcum powder, Farah & Farah may be able to assist you. Call our Jacksonville, Florida law office to learn more. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.