Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Defective Products | 2 comments

There has been a recent upsurge of interest in the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer following the results published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research (“Genital Powder Use and Risk of Ovarian Cancer: A Pooled Analysis of 8,525 Cases and 9,859 Controls” Cancer Prev Res August 2013 6; 811) . The study was a meta-analysis of 8 smaller studies, the data collected in each combined to provide a sufficiently large number of subjects to validate a common finding: talcum powder increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

But not all doctors agree that there is sufficient evidence for this conclusion. Some base their opinions on a technique called talc pleurodesis which is used to relieve the discomfort of lung cancer i.e. mesothelioma patients suffering from fluid buildup in the pleura (space between the chest and lung linings). Sterilized talc powder is applied to the pleura once the fluid has been drained in order to close the pleural space and prevent effusion. It does not cure the cancer, but it does make it easier for the patient to breathe.

Naysayers state that this is proof positive that talc does not cause cancer; in fact, it may just indicate the opposite. Pleurodesis is effective because the talc irritates the linings, causing inflammation and thus closing the space. Researchers reporting a link between genital powder and ovarian cancer posit a similar reaction when talc particles find their way up the reproductive tract and lodge in the tissue, which encourage the growth of cancer cells. According to talcum powder lawsuit lawyers at Williams Kherkher, these studies show that at the very least talcum powder manufacturers should have warned the public of the possibility of risk when it was first indicated (“Talc and carcinoma of the ovary and cervix” J Obstet Gynaecol Br Commonw. 1971; 78:266–272), just to be on the safe side.

If you have just been made aware that your ovarian cancer may have been caused by using talcum powder in the genital area, you should take action immediately. Contact a reputable talcum powder lawyer to find out your legal options.


  1. 11-14-2014

    Law is always so puzzling to me, thanks for making sense of it.

  2. 11-18-2014

    Do you have an email list

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