Talc Powder and Ovarian Cancer

A recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research indicates that the use of talc-based products on a woman’s genitals increases the risk of ovarian cancer.  When applied to the genital area on a regular basis talc can travel through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes and end up at the ovaries, increasing the risk of ovarian cancer.

Talc is a mineral made up of several different elements including magnesium and silicon.  It is widely used in a variety of products and its absorbency makes it a popular product.  When ground into a fine powder it is used in consumer products such as body powder and cosmetics.

The presence of talc on the ovaries can cause an inflammatory reaction that can increase the likelihood of cancer cells to form, grow and spread.  Because symptoms of ovarian cancer tend to be mild at the outset, the disease can often progress to advanced stages before detection and spread to other areas of the body.

If you or a loved one have regularly used talc on the genital area and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may have a cause of action against the manufacturer of the talc-based product.  The lawyers at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer are available to consult on this potential claim.  Please contact us today to speak with an attorney.

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