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Talcum powder, as it is produced by multiple major manufacturers, is often used as a health and hygiene product, especially as part of a woman’s daily hygienic routine. Unfortunately, there is evidence that links the use of talcum powder in this fashion to dangerous and potentially deadly side effects. Consequently, Johnson & Johnson will discontinue selling talcum-based products in the U.S. and Canada due to the backlash they have received from consumers.

There may actually be a few different forms of injury and ailment that could be attributable to the use of talcum powder, but by far the most serious effects, and the ones with which the lawsuits are concerned, are ovarian and uterine cancer. Even if the individual survives the cancer, the effects it may have on a person’s life could still be drastic and long reaching.

It is important that anyone who believes that they, or a loved one, have been injured by the use of talcum powder, contact a talcum powder attorney as soon as possible to see if they might be able to seek damages and compensation for their injuries. An attorney can review their case and determine if they have grounds to bring a claim.

Defining Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is a product that has been around for years. Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is an example of one; Shower to Shower is an example of another. There are some off brands and store brands that are out there as well, but all of these are forms of talcum powder and women use it as part of their feminine hygiene routine.

It can be used daily. It can be used periodically, but it is frequently used as part of their feminine hygiene routine.

Injuries Associated with Talcum Powder

The injury that is being investigated as part of talcum powder litigation is ovarian cancer. When a woman is using talcum powder as part of her feminine hygiene routine, it is believed that it exponentially increases the likelihood that she will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

That suggests that external application can cause talc particles to travel to the ovaries and then result in ovarian cancer. There is a scientist at Harvard, a doctor at Harvard, who has been studying the link between talc and ovarian cancer for over 30 years and there is a great deal of scientific literature to support the link between talc and the injury of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a very dangerous and deadly gynecological cancer that basically results in masses forming on the ovaries that are cancerous. As such, treating them requires removal of the ovaries and, if it is an advanced form of the disease, chemotherapy and further treatment. It is caused by talcum powder. Again, by external application of talcum powder as part of a woman’s daily routine, it can travel to the ovaries where the carcinogen talc lands on the ovaries, cause inflammation, and result in ovarian cancer.


Talc is a known carcinogen. Talcosis a pulmonary disorder that can be caused by talc. It is related to the inhalation of the talc particles and can cause some severe pulmonary issues. However, this is not currently being investigated as a potential claim at this point.