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Talcum baby powder for feminine hygiene linked with ovarian cancer risk, study confirms

A recent 2016 study has provided further evidence of an association between the use of baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes and the development and ovarian cancer.  The study demonstrated that the risk of ovarian cancer was one-third higher among women who regularly powdered their genitals with talcum powder than those who did not.

In the study, researchers asked 2,041 women with ovarian cancer and 2,100 similar women without ovarian cancer about their talcum powder use. Those who said they routinely applied talc to their genital area, sanitary napkins, tampons or underwear had a 33 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer, according to a report of the study in the journal Epidemiology.

Lead author Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, who heads the Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, has unsuccessfully called for warning labels on talcum powder for years.

“This is an easily modified risk factor,” he told Reuters Health by phone. “Talc is a good drying agent, but women should know that if it’s used repeatedly, it can get into the vagina and into their upper genital tract. And I think if they knew that, they wouldn’t use it.”

Cramer first reported a link between genital talc and ovarian cancer in 1982.  He recently testified as an expert witness in a lawsuit against bay powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. In that case, a St. Louis jury last week ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of Jacqueline Fox. After using the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 35 years, Fox died from ovarian cancer last year at age 62.

About 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,500 die from it annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Experts have previously testified that as many as 10% of all ovarian cancer cases in the U.S. may have been caused by prolonged exposure to talcum baby powder.

Dr. Nicolas Wentzensen, head of the clinical epidemiology unit for the National Cancer Institute, told Reuters Health by email that the new study strengthens the evidence linking genital talc to the deadly reproductive cancer. “The recent paper in Epidemiology has provided additional support for an association between talc use and ovarian cancer from a case-control study,” he wrote.

Ovarian Cancer Linked to Talcum Baby Powder? You May Qualify to File a Lawsuit

Consumers who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or other forms of cancer linked to the use of talcum powder products may be eligible to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for their injuries. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and years of experience with product liability litigation in order to successfully handle your case from start to finish.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have many product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other products. Our firm believes that when companies who manufacture products fail to ensure that they adhere to basic health and safety standards, these corporations should be held accountable for the harm caused by their products in a court of law.

The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have taken on some of the largest companies in the world in order to ensure that our clients achieve a fair result in their case. Our firm is dedicated to the belief that all consumers should have the right to experienced and qualified legal counsel to ensure that their interests are represented and that their rights are fully protected.

For more information about the health risks of talcum powder and to find out more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by visiting the free case evaluation form at the top of this page and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.

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