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Does baby powder cause cancer? How much do you have to use to be at risk? Read on for the answers to these and other talcum powder questions.
Baby powder contains a mineral called talc
Talc is said to absorb moisture, but questions of possible side effects from use have been raised. The FDA has ongoing research regarding the mineral, due to concerns that the use of products containing talc may put people at an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Baby powder has a history of being harmful
Up until 1973, baby powder contained natural traces of asbestos. A federal law passed by the FDA prevents the carcinogen from being used in baby powder today. However, the perineal use of talcum-based baby powder has been found by the International Agency for Research on Cancer to be “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.
Studies show an increased risk of ovarian cancer for talc users
Women who use talc products regularly are at higher risk to develop ovarian cancer than those who do not use talc-based products. According to a Harvard study, regular use of baby powder in the genital area was associated with a 33% increase in ovarian cancer risk. Consider whether or not regular use of talcum products are worth the potential risks.
There is no proof that some baby powders are safer to use than others
Some baby powders are marketed towards babies and children or as specific to those with sensitive skin, while others emphasize that they are parabens free or hypoallergenic. Despite this, there is no evidence showing that certain baby powders are safer to use than others.
Several lawsuits have been filed regarding talc and ovarian cancer
To date, juries have awarded more than $153 million in talcum powder and cancer claims. More than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, a company largely known for their baby powder products which contain talcum. The company spent $342 million in litigation expenses in the first quarter of 2019.
If you or a family member has been affected by the use of products containing talc, contact a lawyer who can help you understand your legal options. The experienced lawyers at Rosenbaum & Associates are helping women who suffer from ovarian cancer related to the use of talc products and are on your side if you need them. Click here to learn more.