It is alleged that the manufacturers of talcum powder have failed to warn users of the increased risk of ovarian cancer caused by using talc-based products for personal hygiene use. It seems that the manufacturers of talcum powder have known for more than 40 years there is a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. However, these companies intentionally made the decision not to warn women that the powder could cause cancer if it entered the ovaries through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes after being applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms.
What is talcum powder?
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.
What You Should Know
The most serious potential side effect from the use of talcum powder by women is ovarian cancer, caused by the powder entering the ovaries through the vagina. According to the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, frequent talcum powder use on the female genital area increases the risk of ovarian cancer between 30–60%. Dr. Daniel Cramer, with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, estimates that thousands of women get ovarian cancer from talcum powder use each year. The more often a woman uses it on her genital area, the more likely she will experience ovarian cancer.
Injuries Resulting from Use of Talcum Powder:
- Ovarian Cancer
Talcum Powder Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one were diagnosed with a ovarian cancer after using Talcum Powder, you should contact The Falkowitz Law Firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Talcum Powder lawsuit and we can help.