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An Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer
According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, use of talcum powder on the genital region has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer due to its chemical similarity to asbestos. Many such cases are making their way to court and winning large verdicts.
For decades, there has been concern regarding the use of talcum powder on the genital region. Since 1992, there have been several medical studies, which all revealed an increased risk for ovarian cancer in women who used it. In a 2015 epidemiology study, researchers asked 2,041 women who had ovarian cancer and 2,100 women who did not about their use of talcum powder. They found that the perineal use of talcum powder increased the risk of ovarian cancer by a third.
Harvard pathologist, Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, was the first to discover conclusive evidence linking talcum powder use to ovarian cancer. The Journal of Cancer Prevention Research published a similar study in 2013.
Ovarian cancer is the 8th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. A woman with ovarian cancer has a 45.6% chance of surviving for 5 years after diagnosis. According to the National Cancer Research Center, 1 out of 75 women will receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Continued talcum powder use over a lifetime can almost double your risk for having epithelial ovarian cancer.
A recent study conducted at Bingham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that women who used talc to powder their intimate area had a 33% higher risk of ovarian cancer.
Talcum powder used every day for even a few months can increase the likelihood of an ovarian cancer diagnosis, especially if you are already part of the population most at-risk developing this disease.
Who is at risk?
Anyone who uses a talcum-based product for regular perineal use both short and long term can be at a potential risk. Patients who have used talcum powders for longer periods of time are at the greatest risk.
Talcum powder is made primarily from talc, a mineral containing the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Used in baby and facial powders, cosmetics, and other consumer products, talc absorbs moisture and can be used to reduce chafing against the skin. But despite its wide use for decades, talcum powder has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in some women.
If you or other loved one developed ovarian cancer after talcum powder use, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
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