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A number of studies have linked talcum powder to increased ovarian cancer risk. Talcum powder is found in products such as Johnson’s® baby powder and Shower to Shower® absorbent body powder. Both of these products are produced by Johnson & Johnson. Talcum powder is also found in many face, body, and deodorizing powders as well as various cosmetic products. Genital use of talcum powder poses the main issue to women, increasing the risk of ovarian cancer by 33 percent, according to a recent study.

When talcum powder is applied to the genitals, it can travel into the body through the vagina and fallopian tubes. It then irritates the ovaries, which can cause inflammation and growth of ovarian cancer cells. Talcum powder has been advertised for genital use to increase freshness for women and girls. It is also used on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms.

Overall, genital use of talcum powder remains popular among women despite numerous studies pointing to its increased risk of ovarian cancer. Many women are not aware of the increased health risk. Talc powder studies over the years have shown different results, but the collective research shows a clear link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

Studies Link Talcum Powder to Ovarian Cancer

In the 1970s, talcum powder particles were found in ovarian tumors. This sparked research into the substance and its effects on women. Animal testing has shown that some animals exposed to talcum powder develop tumors. In 1992, the link was substantiated with a study finding a 33 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who practiced genital use of talcum powder. The danger of genital talc powder use has been denied by talcum powder product manufacturers and mostly overlooked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA has acknowledged the talcum powder and ovarian cancer risk on its website. Because the FDA lacks the authority to regulate cosmetic products, the responsibility to warn consumers shifts to talcum powder product manufacturers. But Johnson & Johnson, a primary talcum powder manufacturer, denied the original 1970 findings. The company continues to deny the risk of ovarian cancer and produce talcum powder products without warning labels.

Have you or a loved one used talcum powder and been diagnosed with ovarian cancer? Learn more about our talcum powder attorneys, who provide free consultations for talcum powder lawsuits.

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