Baby Powder linked to ovarian cancer
What is in Baby Powder?
Some baby powders contain an ingredient called Talcum powder. This powder is a finely ground talc or magnesium silicate used in several cosmetics, personal hygiene products and other common goods such as baby powder. It is also known as talc.
Where Talcum Powder is found:
- Baby and body powders
- Medicated powders
- Deodorant powders
- Foot powders
- Perfumed and cosmetic powders
- Sanitary pads
Talcum Powder linked to serious illnesses
Respiratory Problems: These respiratory problems can be common in infants. This is because talc is found in baby powders. Using baby powders that contain talc is discouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics and many pediatricians.
Talcosis: This is a condition where there is acute or chronic lung irritation. When the particles of the powder are inhaled, it can cause fast and shallow breathing, coughing and wheezing.
Serious Respiratory problems: When inhaling talcum powder over a long period of time, some can develop pneumonia or asthma symptoms. Miners and millers can develop serious chronic respiratory disease or lung cancer.
Ovarian cancer: Women have been using body powders and feminine hygiene products with talc for years. The particles of the talcum powder have traveled through the vagina into the uterus and fallopian tubes into the ovaries. Research shows that this can cause inflammation and increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women. In 2013, a journal from Cancer Prevention Research showed that women have a 20-30 percent greater risk of developing ovarian cancer when using a product with talcum powder around their groin area.
It is believed that 1/3 of ovarian cancer cases are caused by talcum powder. If you or someone you know suspect having ovarian cancer, see a doctor immediately. Below are early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- Swollen abdomen or unexplained bloating
- Abdomen pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary or bowel movement concersn
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
For more information on ovarian cancer, visit cancer.org.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits:
If you or someone you know have developed a serious illness after using a product with talc or talcum powder, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. There are many claims against Johnson & Johnson alleging the company was aware of the risk of ovarian cancer when using their products. The Carlson Law Firm has experience with these types of cases and might be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our office for a free consultation to see if you have a case.