Since 1971, more than 20 studies have linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer. It has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson, makers of popular talc-based powders, including Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products, knew about the ovarian cancer risk since at least 1982, but it failed to warn women of the dangers. This negligence has been the basis of many recent Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuits.
Some of these have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey while others have reached multi-million dollar settlements. If you or a loved one used a talc-based product and subsequently developed any of the following cancers, then you may have grounds for a talcum powder law firms.
Potentially cancers caused by contaminated talcum powder include:
- Ovarian cancer
- Fallopian tube cancer
- Borderline serous tumors
- Borderline mucinous tumors
Talc is a clay-like mineral that occurs naturally. Its basic composition is mainly magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. When ground into a fine powder, talc absorbs moisture. This talcum powder is a common ingredient in various consumer products, including cosmetics like baby powder and adult body powders.
WHAT IS THE LINK BETWEEN TALCUM POWDER AND CANCER?
Research has linked the regular use of talc-containing products like talcum powder, baby powder, and body powder in the genital area to the development of ovarian cancer in women. The powder may travel through the uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. Due to the composition of talc, the body generally cannot expel the tiny particles of powder. These can then embed in the ovarian tissue. Over time, the embedded particles can cause the growth of cancerous tumors.