Women who regularly used talcum powder-based products on and around their genitals have a 33 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a new study in Epidemiology.
Researchers gathered results for the report by asking over 4,000 women, some with ovarian cancer and some without, about their usage of talcum powder.
What they found was that women who habitually applied the powder to their underwear, tampons, and genitals increased their risk of ovarian cancer by one-third.
Talc is an absorbent mineral found in cosmetic products like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
Just recently, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay over $70 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who died of ovarian cancer after years of using their talc-based products.
“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,” said Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, lead author in the study. “I think if they knew that, they wouldn’t use it.”
Talc is not yet listed as a risk factor for ovarian cancer by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you have developed ovarian cancer and have regularly used talc-based products in the past, you should contact an experienced defective product attorney today to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.