The Dangers of Talcum Powder

Spilled baby powder

Known as the world’s softest mineral, talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that consists of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen that is mined in rock form. These rocks are crushed, dried into a fine powder used to absorb moisture and help to reduce friction, keep the skin dry and help to prevent rashes. These properties made it quite useful to the personal care industry, which uses the powder in products such as adult body and facial powders, baby powder, foot powders and intimate hygiene products that prevent skin irritation, chafing and body odors.

However, in its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a known carcinogen linked to lung cancer, but according to the American Cancer Society, household commercial talcum powders have been manufactured and tested to be asbestos-free since the 1970s.

In 1971, scientists discovered a possible link between ovarian cancer and the dusting of female genitals with talcum powder. They suggested that talc particles entered through the vagina, traveled through the cervix, into the uterus, then through the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

More than 1,000 women and their families are suing Johnson and Johnson, claiming the companies have known for years of the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer and failed to warn them.

Increasing medical evidence suggests that women should not use talcum powder as an intimate hygiene powder because of its link to ovarian cancer. If you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you are urged to consider the possible link to talcum powder, and contact The Madeksho Law Firm, PLLC.