Talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer when powder particles make contact with the genital area, then move through the vagina, on to the uterus, then the fallopian tubes, and finally to the ovary. Sometimes, the talcum powder particles cause the ovaries to inflame. Plaintiffs in lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have argued that the resulting conditions promote the risk of cancer growth.


Talcum powder is manufactured from talc, a naturally occurring mineral that is mined from locations that are often adjacent to naturally occurring asbestos. This mineral, which manufacturers have put to generous use in products like insulation, has been established as carcinogenic. But only in recent decades have people who were struck with cancer after years of exposure been successful in suing manufacturers of asbestos and products containing asbestos.

With talc and asbestos being mined in close proximity, there is a strong belief that the mined talc can be contaminated by the asbestos. If so, the talc becomes carcinogenic and, therefore, dangerous to people who handle it and who use the products that contain the mineral.

Unfortunately, consumers have no idea whether the talcum powder they apply on their genital areas, their babies, and their skin, contains asbestos because federal law does not mandate testing of cosmetic products. They use these products in ignorance of the potential danger to which they are exposing themselves.


Much research remains to be done in the area of talcum powder and its causation of ovarian cancer. Still, enough data supports the relationship of talcum powder and ovarian cancer to prompt the American Cancer Society to caution consumers to avoid or reduce their use of these and other talc products.

Furthermore, the conclusions from such scientific research led the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World Health Organization, to classify talcum powder on the genitals as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

A Harvard study in 2013 concluded with the opinion that the use of genital talc powder connects to an elevated risk of some types of ovarian cancer and stated that consumers should consider not using the products to cut their risk of developing ovarian cancer.


Additional research has been conducted on the topic of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Some highlights include:

  • Early research in 1976 was reported in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental HealthA variety of consumer talcums were tested for their chemical composition. Among the 20 body powders, baby powders, and facial talcums tested, 10 revealed “detectable amounts of tremolite and anthophyllite, principally asbestiform.”
  • The journal Epidemiology reported a study that concluded a 33-percent increased risk of ovarian cancer in subjects who used talcum powder in the genital area. Strong connections were noted with individuals who applied talcum powder on a daily basis.
  • Serous invasive tumors represent the most consistent outcome promoted by the link between genital powder use and ovarian cancer risk.


If you regularly used talcum powder and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be eligible to receive compensation for losses related to your condition.

Zanes Law knows that talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer and will do everything from A to Z to fight for your right to recover these damages. Call (833) 214-0917 for a free case review and consultation.

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