Talcum powder is mainly made of talc, a mineral containing elements of oxygen, silicon and magnesium. The powder is used in baby and face powder, cosmetics and other consumer goods, absorbs moisture and can be used to reduce skin abrasion.
Although used extensively for decades, talcum powder is associated with a greater risk of ovarian cancer in some women.
If you or your mother, sister, daughter or loved one has ovarian cancer after using powder, talcum powder lawsuit attorney can help you. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.
Although powder can contain asbestos – a carcinogenic substance – in its natural form, consumer products that contain asbestos have been free of asbestos since the 1970s.
However, the researchers found that even modern asbestos-free products containing talc can increase the risk of ovarian cancer if used in the genital area. Powder does not break down in the body and can enter the ovaries through a woman's uterus and fallopian tubes, causing irritation and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
In addition to baby powder, products used in the genital area that may contain powder include:
Based on current research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies the use of genital powder as "possibly a carcinogen for humans".