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Talcum Powder Linked to Increased Risk for Ovarian Cancer: Meta-Analysis

April 24, 2019 – An analysis of nearly 40 peer-reviewed medical studies has found that women who use talcum powder have a 20 to 30% increased risk of developing the most common form of ovarian cancer, a researcher told lawmakers on Tuesday.

The summary of data — 38 epidemiological studies over the past 40 years that asked women about their use of talcum powder on their genitals and tested associations with ovarian cancer — was compiled by University of Washington researcher Dr. Anne McTiernan, who determined that users of the products had a 22 to 31% increased risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer compared to non-users.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after using a talc product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

“Evidence suggests that these associations hold across diverse race and ethnic groups,” said McTiernan, who prepared a report for consumers in MDL 2738. “These combined analyses also show increasing exposure to these products were also associated with increasing risk of ovarian cancer.”

In some of the studies McTiernan reviewed, 4 in 10 women reported using talcum powder in their genital areas, which is particularly dangerous as research has shown that talc can easily migrate from the genital area, and can also cause inflammation, which has been associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer, she said.

“Women need to know about the risks of using talcum powder products in the genital areas and all consumers need to be informed about the contents of these products, including fibrous talc and asbestos, so they can make informed decisions about use,” McTiernan added.

As the name implies, ovarian cancer is a cancer that begins in the ovaries, the female reproductive gonads that produce eggs (ova), as well as the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Many cases of the disease go undetected until it spreads into the pelvis and abdomen, according to the Mayo Clinic. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Abdominal bloating or swelling
  • Quickly feeling full when eating
  • Weight loss
  • Discomfort in the pelvis area
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
  • A frequent need to urinate

In August 2017, a Los Angeles jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s Baby Powder for decades. The verdict marks the largest sum awarded to date in the talcum powder cancer litigation against J&J, according to CNBC.

Do I Have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in talc lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new ovarian cancer and mesothelioma cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after using a talcum powder product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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