Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

James H. Brown and Associates are seeking individuals in Alberta who may have developed ovarian cancer due to exposure and use of Johnson and Johnson products containing talc. It has become evident that exposure to these products may increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Johnson & Johnson has been involved in thousands of lawsuits related to these claims.

The suit aims to raise awareness of the serious cancer risk posed to women by the use of some talc-based products and to influence companies that put known carcinogens in use by Canadian citizens to do their due diligence in communicating a warning and preventing unnecessary health defects.

If you, or a loved one, used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products and suffer from ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, James H. Brown Injury Lawyers may be able to help.

What is Talcum?

Talcum powder is made from a mineral called talc. Talc is made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is commonly used to help keep skin dry and in the prevention of rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders.

Talc is mined naturally from the earth. In the mined form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled.

People who have long-term exposure to talc particles at work are at higher risk of lung cancer from breathing them in. Applying talcum powder regularly in the genital area has been proven to increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

Talcum Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Studies have shown that talcum powder might cause an increased risk of getting cancer in the ovaries if used near the genital area.

Studies have looked at the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Some studies reported slightly increased risks in certain groups of women (i.e. women who still have an intact reproductive tract) or in certain types of ovarian cancer.

In an analysis of research completed, frequent talcum powder use (at least twice a week) was linked to an increased risk of diagnosed ovarian cancer.

Talc is widely used in many products, so it is important to determine if the increased risk is real.

Common Johnson & Johnson Talc-based Products:

  • baby powder
  • shower-to-shower
  • body powder
  • genital deodorants and antiperspirants
  • dusting powder for women

We’re here to help

Speak with a Lawyer right away by email: classaction@jameshbrown.com, or call us toll-free at 1-800-616-0088 to review whether your cancer may have been contributed to talc use and determine if you are eligible to bring an action for compensation.


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