Talcum powder, most commonly known as baby powder, has been around for centuries. This inert mineral is highly effective at performing a great number of jobs. It has been prized for its astringent qualities, and used as a way to prevent diaper rash on babies for decades. In fact, many women have used it on themselves to prevent discomfort and chafing. However, that habitual talcum powder use has led a number of women to develop ovarian cancer.
Studies Showing a Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Back in 1973, before any of the latest information was available regarding talcum powder, a team of doctors performed an autopsy on a lady that passed away from ovarian cancer. It was suspected that asbestos poisoning was to blame, however, when they opened up the ovaries, the specks found inside were not asbestos, but rather talcum powder.
In 1987 researchers looked at women in the San Francisco Bay area that had ovarian cancer. They were looking for a correlation between drug, alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use that could be linked to development of cancer. They found that over 50% of the women with ovarian cancer were habitual users of talcum powder in the perineal region.
In 1992 another study was done in Boston. Researchers looked at 235 women who had ovarian cancer. Of those interviewed, 49% said they were habitual users of talcum powder. The research also concluded that the risk of developing cancer was higher for those who applied the powder directly to their body rather than applying to undergarments or sanitary devices.
In 2003 yet another study was done that looked at about 12,000 women. The study focused on ovarian cancer and habitual talcum powder use. Their conclusion was that women who have habitually used talcum powder for personal hygiene are 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who have never used it.
These are just 4 of the studies that show the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. While there is always a chance that a person who used talcum powder habitually coincidentally developed cancer, it is more likely that the powder led to the cancer.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have used talcum powder habitually for many years, and you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powder. Contact a personal injury attorney right away to schedule your free consultation.