The use of talcum powder in the genital region causes particles of talc to enter the vagina and travel to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. The particles reach the ovaries and cause significant irritation that leads to cancer.
The first study linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer was published in the 1970s when researchers who examined cancerous ovarian tissue discovered talc fibers. Since that time, several other studies have shown an association between frequent use of powder and ovarian cancer. Medical journals have said the following about the causal connection:
- WebMD: “The use of talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder dusted on the perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus) may reach the ovaries by entering the vagina.”
- Journal of Cancer Prevention Research: “Genital powder use has been associated with risk of epithelial ovarian cancer in some…epidemiologic investigations, possibly reflecting the carcinogenic effects of talc particles found in most of these products.”
- Cancer Prevention Research: Use of talcum powder in the genital area associated with a 20-30% increased risk of ovarian cancer.
If you or a loved one used talcum powder for over five years and developed ovarian cancer, you may have a case.
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