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What Women Need to Know About Talc Body Powders

Written by Ankin Law Office

Many women use talc-based body power as part of their personal hygiene routine – and they may be putting their health at risk as a result.

In a recent study, researchers examined data collected from eight separate studies and found that women who regularly use talcum powder in the genital region increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 24 percent. (Using talcum powder on other parts of the body currently is not known to increase cancer risks.) Researchers say that the increased risk of ovarian cancer could be caused by talcum particles traveling into a woman’s body and causing inflammation, thereby creating an environment that allows cancer cells to thrive.

This recent data supports previous studies that suggested a link between talc and ovarian cancer, including an analysis conducted by the American Cancer Society that combined data from 16 studies published before 2003 and found a 30% increase in ovarian risk among talc users.

Some women may be more at risk of developing cancer than others, as well. According to some research, the risk of cancer when using talcum powder is greatest for those women who carry a gene called glutathione S-transferase M1, or GSTM1, but lack a gene called glutathione S-transferase T1 (GSTT1). Women with this genetic profile – which is about one in ten Caucasian women – are nearly three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer than women without this particular genetic profile.

Those women who do develop ovarian cancer as a result of using talc body powder may have a cause of action against the makers of talc-based body products. In fact, last fall, a federal jury in Sioux Falls found Johnson & Johnson liable for a woman’s ovarian cancer that was attributed to her extended use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. Three doctors who testified in the plaintiff’s lawsuit indicated that talc was the cause of the plaintiff’s cancer and one of those doctors, Dr. Daniel Cramer of Harvard University who has studied the link between talc and cancer for 30 years, testified that talc is probably a contributing factor in about 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year.

The Chicago talcum powder attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are now accepting cases for possible talc liability lawsuits. We are committed to protecting the victims of unsafe consumer products, including talc-based products. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and product liability lawsuits, including class actions lawsuits based on unsafe consumer products. Moreover, we take cases on a contingency fee basis so you don’t pay unless you win.

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used talc-based body powders products, contact the Chicago class action lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to discuss a possible talcum powder lawsuit.