New Data Shows Risk of Ovarian Cancer Higher Among Women Who Regularly Use Baby Powder Products Containing Talcum Powder
Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms, has launched an investigation into claims that products containing talcum powder may increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women who regularly use the products.
Talcum powder is widely used in cosmetics such as baby powder because of its ability to absorb moisture, eliminate friction and prevent rashes. Largely manufactured by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), products containing talcum powder have become a symbol of freshness and cleanliness for women. However, if used for feminine hygiene, doctors have suggested talcum powder can reach the ovaries and ultimately cause cancer.
A new study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and published in the journal Epidemiology, outlines the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, namely when the powder has been applied to the genital region. In a study comparing talcum powder use among women with ovarian cancer and women without illness, doctors found that applying the product to genitals, underwear and sanitary napkins increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer by one third.
“This is a very serious and sensitive issue for women,” said Jayne Conroy, shareholder and pharmaceutical attorney at Simmons Hanly Conroy. “A number of women who used baby powder, body powder or other deodorizing talcum powder were unaware they were putting themselves in danger.”
J&J continues to deny talcum powder links to ovarian cancer and does not use warning labels on its products.
Learn more about the firm’s ongoing talcum powder investigation.