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At some point in your life, whether you realized it or not, you’ve probably used talc. You might have powdered your infant’s bottom after a diaper change with baby powder or applied concealer when doing your makeup. The cosmetics industry has encouraged women for decades to use talcum powder after showering. Unfortunately, many people don’t know of the risks associated with using talc in that manner. And why would they? Johnson and Johnson refuses to label their powders with warnings that the product could cause ovarian cancer. Recent lawsuits may eventually change that, but for now, millions of consumers are using a dangerous product with no knowledge of the risks. The reality is that most of us know very little about talc.

Talc is the softest mineral on the planet. It’s found in the ground and is often interlaced with asbestos, another potentially deadly mineral. When inhaled, asbestos can scar the lungs and cause fatal diseases. Both substances can be found in paint, crayons, cosmetics and other household products. The Food and Drug Administration requires that only the purest grade talc is used in food and cosmetic products, and manufacturers stand by claims that their products are safe.

Experts say, however, the test used to determine the grade of talc used in products is outdated and often inaccurate. And these tests are also often not utilized in products manufactured in places like China and Pakistan. Without rigorous testing, it’s easy for talc and asbestos to slip into commonly used products. Lotion, olive oils, chewing gum and paper all use talc during the manufacturing process.

Talcum Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Talcum powder use around the vaginal area has been linked to ovarian cancer. Some studies suggest women who use talc-based baby or body powders in this area are significantly more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not. If you’ve used these talc-based powders and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact us to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.

For more than twenty years, scientific studies have exposed the association between ovarian cancer and talcum powder. Dr. Daniel W. Cramer,  a lead researcher on the topic, estimates that as many as 10% of all occurrences of ovarian cancer are caused by the use of talcum powder on the genitals. Since studying this link, Dr. Cramer has spread the word throughout the medical community, urging gynecologists to warn their patients of the dangers associated with talc and baby powders on their genitals.

In spite of Dr. Cramer’s work, one of the leading sellers of talc and baby powders, Johnson and Johnson, has refused to warn its customers of the potential for danger. One of the most recent studies published about such dangers estimates that talc powder users increase their risk for ovarian cancer by 30 percent.

Though talcum is a naturally occurring substance, it can travel inside the body and irritate the genital tract. Doctors have also discovered particles of talc in the lymph nodes of ovarian cancer patients, bolstering the belief that there is indeed a connection between the powder and the affliction.

Talc baby and body powder manufacturers owe it to their customers to warn them of this potentially fatal link. A simple warning label discouraging the use of the product on genitals would help prevent women from developing ovarian cancer. It’s not only dishonest to deceive people this way, it’s also dangerous on a public health level. Prevention of cancer is much easier than battling it.

Talcum Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to long-term talcum powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.