Study Confirms Talc Use Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Mar 17, 2016 in Defective Products
Approximately 20,000 American women are diagnosed ovarian cancer every year.
A recent study has linked the use of genital talc to an increased ovarian cancer risks. The risk of ovarian cancer in women who regularly used talc in the genital area was a third higher than in women who were not regular users of the product.
Talcum Powder Use Questioned
Talc is a mineral used in talcum powder, which is a drying agent commonly used for cosmetic purposes. Commercial talc is composed of oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. In nature, talc can contain the carcinogen asbestos, though it is removed during processing. Talc products have been manufactured for more than a century; manufacturers claim there is scientific evidence to demonstrate the safety of their products.
Talc used in the genital area was first linked to ovarian cancer in 1982. Frequent talc use can allow the product to enter the body and the upper genital tract.
This new study examined the usage of genital talc powder in women with and without ovarian cancer. Researchers concluded that ovarian cancer risk was 33 percent higher in women who reported applying talc powder regularly to their genital area, tampons and sanitary pads, compared to women who did not regularly apply genital talc.
Stronger Evidence Linking Talc to Ovarian Cancer
Despite the fact that genital talc has been listed as a possibly carcinogenic substance by the World Health Organization, its use is still not listed as an ovarian cancer risk factor by the Centers for Disease Control.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products, you may be entitled to compensation. our attorneys will work to maximize compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages through a talcum powder lawsuit.