Baby Powder and its Association to Ovarian Cancer

You might not think that a common household item like baby powder could be dangerous; however, a large number of studies since the 1970s have shown a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, and companies such as Johnson & Johnson have been facing lawsuits for making talc-based products available to consumers without warning them of the risks.

What’s the Connection?

talcum powder and ovarian cancer

Baby powder is made from talc, a mineral that includes oxygen, magnesium, and silicone. When it is in powder form, talc prevents friction on skin and reduces moisture. Because of this, it’s commonly used around the vaginal area. However, talc can travel to the ovaries and cause inflammation. In some ovarian cancer cases where talcum powder was used by the patient, talc particles were found inside the cancerous ovarian tissue.

Products With Talcum Powder

You can find talcum powder in the following common products:

  • Baby powder
  • Sanitary pads
  • Medicated powders
  • Foot powders
  • Makeup products

There are alternative and natural options to the products listed above. You may want to consider these alternatives instead of using talc-based products because of the health problems associated with talc.  

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are sometimes confused with other illnesses. Make sure you see a doctor if you’re experiencing the following symptoms and have used talc-based products in your hygiene routine:

  • Frequent urination
  • Changes in bowel habits (constipation, IBS)
  • Weight loss
  • Pelvic pain
  • Swelling and/or bloating in the abdominal area

Legal Troubles for Johnson & Johnson
In a recent case against Johnson & Johnson, Gloria Ristesund of Missouri alleged that her ovarian cancer was caused by her use of Johnson & Johnson talc-based products. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay Ristesund a total of $55 million. This case is just one of approximately 1,200 lawsuits against the company for not warning customers of risks associated with its talc-based consumer products.

Did Baby Powder Cause Your Cancer?

If you think your ovarian cancer was caused by the use of talc-based products, contact the attorneys at the Holton Law Firm. We’re prepared to help you with your case against companies like Johnson & Johnson. Call our Memphis office at 901-523-2222, or visit our website to learn more.


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