Talcum Powder

Long Term Use Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that consists of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. The powder form of talc has been standard in nurseries and bathrooms for generations as baby and body powders because of its ability to absorb moisture and reduce skin rashes and friction.

Have you used talc-based powders?

Talc was largely marketed to women as a method of staying comfortable and free of vaginal odors, and women routinely would dust talc on their underwear, genital area, and sanitary napkins. In the early 1970s, scientists suggested a link between the intimate use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer, claiming talc particles traveled into the ovaries from the vagina. More recent research has shown that women who used talc-based powder for intimate personal hygiene were at a 30% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified the use of talc-based powders near the genital area as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

What is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries, affecting the female reproductive system. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, and according to the American Cancer Society, a woman’s chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 1 in 78.

Common Symptoms Include:

  • Bloating

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain

  • Nausea or difficulty eating

  • Feeling tired

  • Indigestion or heartburn

  • Possible urinary symptoms

Although studies have shown the association between the use of talc-based body powders and ovarian cancer, there have been no warning labels or notices added to products alerting consumers to the potential risks.

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For over 75 combined years, our legal team has successfully helped thousands of victims and families. If you or a loved one used talc-based body or baby powder and was later diagnosed with ovarian cancer, call us at 800-818-4301 or fill out the form for a free consultation.