Did Using Talcum Powder Cause My Ovarian Cancer?

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Finding out that you, or your loved one, have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer is a terrifying experience.  Just hearing your doctor say the word “cancer” is enough to send you into a tailspin, so it is understandable that your first question may be, “What caused it?” The answer to that question isn’t always known, but it’s possible that something as simple and normal as using talcum powder may have contributed to your diagnosis.

The Link Between Talcum Powder And Ovarian Cancer

The link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer has been studied for over 40 years, and its safety has been debated for decades. Talc, the mineral found in talcum powder, mainly consists of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is used to absorb moisture on the skin to prevent rashes and other skin irritations. We most often think of talcum powder as something to be used on babies to prevent diaper rash, but it is also a normal part of daily hygiene for many women.  Some studies show that this daily use may be the cause of ovarian cancer diagnoses. If the powder particles are applied to the genital area, and they travel through the vagina, uterus, and cervix to the ovary, it is thought that they may be a contributing factor to a woman later developing ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death in women. This year alone will see an estimated 22,280 American women diagnosed with it, and an estimated 14,240 women will die from the disease.  The survival rate for ovarian cancer varies widely depending on the stage and grade of the cancer when diagnosed, the age of the woman, and whether or not the cancer has spread. Surgery is almost always included in the treatment of ovarian cancer, and chemotherapy and radiation are also considered, depending on the specific case.

Talcum Powder Safety Continues To Be Studied

Research studies regarding talcum powder risks have been ongoing since 1971, with many finding that there is a 20- to 30-percent increased risk of ovarian cancer for women who used talcum powder as part of their personal hygiene. Despite these findings, major manufacturers of talcum powder, like Johnson & Johnson, have disputed the findings and referred to the studies as inconclusive, and have not included a warning label on any packaging.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and you have used a talcum powder for feminine hygiene, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney to see if you are entitled to compensation for the medical and financial burdens caused to you and your family.

At Ross Feller Casey, we have experienced and knowledgeable attorneys and doctor-lawyers on staff to review your medical records and determine if you have a case. Your consultation is free, and we work on a contingency basis, so you will not be charged unless there is a financial recovery in your case.

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