Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Talcum body powder, commonly found in baby powder, has been medically linked to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. As a result of this link, Johnson & Johnson has become the subject of thousands of lawsuits claiming the company is responsible for giving women ovarian cancer through its high-selling baby powder products, Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.

The class action filings began one year after South Dakota resident Deane Berg won her lawsuit against J&J, proving that the company failed to warn her during three decades of baby powder use that it could increase her risk of developing ovarian cancer. The nation has now learned that consumers – primarily women – were not warned about the dangers of talc-based powders.

Women’s Use of Talcum Powder

Women commonly use talc-based powders on or near their private parts or sprinkle them on undergarments and sanitary pads to keep their groin areas comfortable and to avoid foul vaginal odors. Baby powder is not only used externally by women, but some put it on their diaphragms or use condoms coated with it, directly exposing their reproductive tracts to talc. As a baby powder, talc is used mainly to absorb moisture and to help prevent rashes. 

Medical Studies Linking Talc and Cancer

Studies on the causal link between the talc in baby powder and ovarian cancer date back to as early as 1971. In 1982, The New York Times wrote about the possible link between baby powder and ovarian cancer. The article suggests that Johnson & Johnson was aware that women might be up to three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer if they used talcum powder on or near their groin area.

Recently, a 2013 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that the use of talcum powder in the genital area by women leads to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. In that particular study, the data on 2,000 women showed that those who use talc body powder in their genital areas potentially have a 20-30 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who do not use talc powder.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Blizzard Law PLLC is handling lawsuits against talcum powder product manufacturers across the country. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, please contact us online or call us at 1-800-349-0127 to speak with an attorney today. Our consultations are free and confidential.