Ovarian Cancer Risks

The Ovarian Cancer Risks

In 1971, a published report showed that talc increases the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Over the next four decades, multiple medical journals have documented the use of talcum powder and the development of ovarian cancer. Even with four decades of scientific proof, medical expert findings and research, talc is still an unregulated substance. The FDA will not issue an official warning against talcum powder use even though there are a number of scientific findings stating otherwise. The large corporations that manufacture talcum powder-based products have argued against the connection between ovarian cancer and talcum powder for decades. Now that there has been a legal victory against Johnson & Johnson, thousands of ovarian cancer victims can now seek compensation. With more legal victories, we may finally see regulation of the substance.


Learning the Science Behind Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.

When talking about whether or not talcum powder is linked to cancer, it is important to distinguish between talc that contains asbestos and talc that is asbestos-free. Talc that has asbestos is generally accepted as being able to cause cancer if it is inhaled. The evidence about asbestos-free talc, which is still widely used, is less clear. It has been suggested that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. Several studies in women have looked at the possible link between talcum powder and cancer of the ovary.


The Research

Many prominent medical journals have shown the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The original study in 1971 showed the connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer, and since then many more scientific studies have been published in prominent medical journals.

The National Cancer Institute and the International Union Against Cancer have also found the same connections along with other scientific publications.


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Founded in 1990 by Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm is committed to addressing client concerns with effective and often untraditional solutions. Our attorneys are experts in handling personal injury cases. Our clients, as diverse as they are, all have one common trait: they need serious and sound legal representation. The firm is composed of outstanding trial attorneys with decades of trial experience.

Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of using talcum powder may have grounds for a lawsuit. Although significant legal victories are a trademark of The Lanier Law Firm, our primary focus remains, in the words of Mark Lanier, "to provide the highest quality legal care delivered in an honest, professional manner to enrich the lives or businesses of our clients."


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