We tend to think of talcum powder, composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, as a common and safe household item used to prevent dryness and rashes in a variety of applications. Common household products containing talcum powder include baby powder, facial powders, and adult body powders. Unfortunately, studies have now revealed that there is an association between women who use talcum powder on a regular basis in their pelvic area and the potential development of ovarian cancer. Studies have reported as high as a 30% increase in the risk of developing ovarian cancer for women exposed to talcum powder on a regular basis. As a result, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified the perineal (genital) use of talcum-based body powders as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Because talcum powder is found in products such as condoms, diaphragms and sanitary napkins, there is a significant risk of talcum powder coming into contact with the ovaries.
If you or a family member has developed ovarian cancer after prolonged use of talcum-based body powders, you may have a valuable legal claim. Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys about this issue.