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Health experts have recently linked the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and other serious conditions. While talc powder, which is often used in body powders and cosmetics, is used by both men and women, talcum powder side effects pose the biggest health risk to women.

The most serious of the talcum powder side effects is its increased risk of ovarian cancer. One study found a 30 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer within a person’s lifetime with the perineal or genital use of talcum powder.

On a wider scale, talcum powder side effects may also include:

  • Respiratory problems in infants
  • Talcosis (acute or chronic lung irritation)
  • Wheezing
  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Coughing
  • Pneumonia
  • Triggering of asthma symptoms
  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • Lung cancer

Concerning the issue of increased ovarian cancer risk, Johnson & Johnson may have failed to warn consumers because its talcum powder products currently do not contain warning labels. Also, the company often marketed its deodorizing powder products for use in the prevention of vaginal odor – a use that can directly increase ovarian cancer risk.

Additionally, using talc baby powders on infants is discouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics and many pediatricians. The American Cancer Society (ACS) suggests to limit or eliminate the use of consumer products containing talc and to switch to cornstarch based cosmetic products for safety.

Many women who used Johnson & Johnson deodorizing products for feminine hygiene and developed ovarian cancer are filing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. If you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer while using talcum products such as baby powder or body powder, our talcum powder lawyers may be able to help. Contact us today.

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