Talcum Powder Can Cause Ovarian Cancer

February 24th, 2016

Talcum powder can be found in millions of bathrooms in the United States, yet few know there is a connection between baby powder and ovarian cancer. Although recent lawsuits have brought light to this fact, studies dating as far back as 1971 report a link. The Lancet medical journal was the first to report a connection, with researchers finding minute particles of talc deeply embedded within many cancerous ovarian tumors. Since that time, over 20 studies have found a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

Despite numerous studies noting a connection between talc and ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson marketed the product towards women as a way to stay fresh, dry, and comfortable. Their Shower to Shower product, especially, seemed to be marketed for intimate freshness. Many women report using the product directly on and around their genital area. In addition, baby powder is often applied directly to the genitals of infants and young children experiencing diaper rash or chaffing.


Ovarian cancer is often referred to as a silent killer, as initial symptoms are generally minor. Many women are not troubled by symptoms until the disease has progressed. All women who use or have used talcum powder on their genitals should be aware of the following early ovarian cancer symptoms:

  • A feeling of fullness or discomfort in the abdomen
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Difficulty eating
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Menstrual irregularities

Many times these symptoms are indicative of another, less significant problem, however women should not ignore them! If you experience these symptoms, especially if you regularly use talcum powder, contact your gynecologist for an exam. If your gynecologist indicates that you have ovarian cancer, contact our dedicated team today.

Just this week, a St. Louis jury awarded the Fox family $72 million dollars from Johnson & Johnson after Ms. Fox died of ovarian cancer. Ms. Fox had used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Shower to Shower products on her genital area for 35 years. The lawyers for the plaintiff allege that Johnson & Johnson covered up their knowledge of the risks of baby powder and yet failed to take action. They further allege that Johnson & Johnson hid the risks of baby powder from consumers. Instead of warning women, Johnson & Johnson called for further studies into the matter.

At The Garmon Law Firm, we understand that this is a sensitive matter. Our experienced attorneys will work tirelessly on your behalf in order to get you the compensation you deserve. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you have used baby powder on your genitals in the past, contact us online today, at 877-717-5342, or 256-543-HURT. We will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve in your case.

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