As many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year may have been caused by regular use of talcum powder, according to a Harvard University researcher. Dr. Daniel Cramer has spent the past three decades studying the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer and was an expert witness in a recent lawsuit in which a jury found consumer health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew of the cancer risks associated with its talc products but failed to warn consumers.
Dr. Cramer was one of three researchers who examined the plaintiff’s cancerous ovarian tissue using a scanning electron microscope. All three say they found talc in the tissue, and they concluded that the talc came from the Shower to Shower body powder the woman used regularly through the years.
Talc is a mineral made of up various elements including magnesium, silicon and oxygen. Talc is ground to make talcum powder which is used to absorb moisture and is widely available in various products including baby powder and adult products including body and facial powder.
According to the American Cancer Society, talc can also contain asbestos, a substance known to cause lung cancer. This has raised concerns about whether talc products used regularly in the genital area could increase the risk of ovarian cancer if the powder were to travel through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. The talc in the plaintiff’s cancerous ovarian tissue suggests that it can.
Beasley Allen Law Firm wants to help make women aware of the cancer risks associated with products that contain talcum powder especially since the manufacturers of these products do not see the urgency to warn consumers. Attorneys are currently investigating cases of ovarian cancer in women who used talc products, as they may have a case against the manufacturers.