Regular Genital Talcum Powder Use May Increase Ovarian Cancer Risk
Talc is a mineral used in baby and body powders. Well known brands include Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. Through repeated genital use, talc can make its way into the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Although touted as safe by manufacturers, for decades researchers have cautioned that regular genital talcum powder use may be associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer.
A 2013 study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research reported a 20% to 30% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer in women who regularly used talc for feminine hygiene.1 Recently, a 2015 study published in the journal Epidemiology found that regular use of talcum powder to the genital area increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 33%.2
Nationwide, women who have suffered ovarian cancer are filing talcum powder lawsuits against manufacturer Johnson and Johnson.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update
Women across the country have filed talcum powder lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging that talcum powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew of and failed to warn consumers of the ovarian cancer risk associated with genital talc use.
Johnson & Johnson Lawsuit News - In February 2016, a St. Louis, Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the family of an ovarian cancer victim whose death the jury believed was related to her use of the company's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc-based powders.
In a May 2016 trial, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who had developed ovarian cancer that she claimed was related to her long-term use of Johnson and Johnson's talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
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1 Terry K.L., Karageorgi, S., Shvetsov Y.B, Merritt M.A, Lurie G., Thompson P.J., Carney E., Weber R.P., et al. Genital powder use and risk of ovarian cancer: a pooled analysis of 8,525 cases and 9,859 controls. Cancer Prevention Research. 2013 Aug 6(8); 811-821
2 Cramer D., Vitonis A.F., Terry K.L., Welch W.R, Titus L.J.The association between talc use and ovarian cancer: a retrospective case-control study in two US states. Epidemiology. 2015 Dec 17.
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