Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer

Research linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer has been accumulating since the 1970s. Hundreds of women who used Johnson & Johnson’s talc products, including Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, are now pursing legal claims against the company for its alleged failure to warn consumers that the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes could increase a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer.

Talcum Powder Investigation

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating the purported association between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. If you or a loved one developed this devastating disease following years of regular, repeated use of a talc-based product for feminine hygiene purpose, please call (888) 994-5118 to learn more about the legal options that might be available to you.

FDA Funds Research To Investigate Talc & Ovarian Cancer

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Women’s Health has agreed to fund a study investigating the possible link between cosmetic talc use and ovarian cancer. A posting on the agency’s website notes that talc’s effects on the tissues that make up the female genital system have not been adequately investigated. Read More

Studies Tie Talc to Ovarian Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, says applying talc to the genital area could be “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. Since the 1970s, a number of studies have suggested that talc particles could travel to the ovaries and cause inflammation – potentially increasing the risk of certain cancers.

  • 2009: A meta-analysis involving 16 different studies linked the regular, repeated application of talc-based powders to the genital area to a 33% increase in the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • 2009: Research published by a team from Harvard University found a 36% increased risk of ovarian cancer associated with the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
  • 2013: A paper published by Cancer Prevention Research found a 20-30% increased risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder.
  • 2015: A study published in Epidemiology finds that women who routinely applied talcum powder to their genitals, underwear, sanitary napkins and tampons had a 33 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer. Read More
  • 2017:  A study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention suggested genital talc use could increase the risk of ovarian cancer by 20%. The authors of the study characterized the findings as “statistically significant”. Read More

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Litigation

Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer Baby Powder and Shower to Shower , has been named in more than 1,200 product liability claims that allege its talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer; Two cases have already been hard by juries, including a Missouri lawsuit that ended in February 2016 with a $72 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff. In October 2013, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota jury found that the use of Johnson & Johnson’s products contributed to the development of ovarian cancer in another woman. However, no damages were awarded in the case.

What is Ovarian Cancer?

While ovarian cancer only accounts or about 3%of the cancers affecting women, it kills more victims than any other female reproductive cancer. The early symptoms are usually vague, which can delay diagnosis until the malignancy reaches an advanced stage.

Symptoms that may be associated with ovarian cancer include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Frequent bloating
  • Pain in the belly or pelvis
  • Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits (constipation, frequent urination, etc.)
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Low back pain
  • Loss of appetite or feeling full

Did You Use Talc and Develop Ovarian Cancer? Contact an Attorney Today.

Did you regularly and repeatedly use talc-based products for feminine hygiene prior to your ovarian cancer diagnosis? If so, you may be entitled to file a talcum powder lawsuit of your own. To learn more about the possible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, please call (888) 994-5118 to arrange for a free, no-obligation legal review with one of our attorneys.

  1. IARC (2014) “Talc Not Containing Asbestos Fibers” http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol93/mono93-8.pdf
  2. Anti-Cancer Research (2003) “Perineal application of cosmetic talc and risk of invasive epithelial ovarian cancer: a meta-analysis of 11,933 subjects from sixteen observational studies” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12820486
  3. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarker & Prevention (2009) “Talc Use, Variants of the GSTM1, GSTT1, and NAT2 Genes, and Risk of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer” http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/17/9/2436.full
  4. Cancer Prevention Research (2013) “Genital powder use and risk of ovarian cancer: a pooled analysis of 8,525 cases and 9,859 controls” http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/12/1940-6207.CAPR-13-0037.abstract
  5. Reuters (2016) “J&J must pay $72 million for cancer death linked to talcum powder: lawyers” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-johnson-johnson-verdict-idUSKCN0VW20A
  6. Rapid City Journal (2013) “South Dakota jury ties talc powder to cancer risk” http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/south-dakota-jury-ties-talc-powder-to-cancer-risk/article_78bd7792-b78c-5adb-b684-e6b2c2db10ed.html
Last Modified: March 5, 2017

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