Talcum Powder Deemed as Possible Trigger for Ovarian Cancer


Talcum Powder Deemed as Possible Trigger for Ovarian Cancer

A well-trusted household product potentially causes fatal results. 

Over the course of the past decade, there has been an alarmingly increased amount of individuals sourcing the diagnoses of ovarian cancer to a product that for ages has been an essential for many women and children: talcum powder. Several talcum powder manufacturers, including Johnson and Johnson, are facing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits due to the fact that talc has been classified as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Victims and families of victims alike have claimed that as studies on the dangers of talc date back to the 70’s, talcum powder producers such as Johnson and Johnson should have provided some form of a warning label on their products. 

The talc in talcum powder is mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It’s moisture absorption qualities have made it ideal from keeping skin dry and soft after topical use. However, in its purest form, the exposure to raw talk has been associated with asbestos, another dangerous carcinogen, due to their close proximity in mining settings. Certain research studies have concluded that women who frequently used talcum powder correlated with over a 20% increased chance of ovarian cancer within specific control groups. 

The American Cancer Society has also conducted studies that link the use of talcum powder to other cancers aside from ovarian cancer. These illnesses include lung cancer and endometrial cancer. Lastly, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies talc that contains asbestos that contains asbestos undoubtedly as “carcinogenic to humans.” 

If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury or wrongful death as the result of the use of talcum powder or any other defective medical product, please contact one of our Schneider Hammers attorneys today. We are focused on your injury and suffering and want to ensure that you receive the settlement you deserve. 

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