A study reported in May 2016 links talcum powder with ovarian cancer in African American women. Talcum powder products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have been associated with ovarian cancer for more than 40 years.

Previous studies show a strong connection between women’s use of talc on or near the genitals and a significantly increased risk of ovarian cancer. This latest study showed a link between ovarian cancer and use of talc not just near the genitals but anywhere on a woman’s body.

According to the study’s findings, women who used talc for feminine hygiene had a 40% increased risk of ovarian cancer. Women who used talcum powder in areas other than on or near the genitals still showed a 30% increased risk of this deadly cancer.

Study Specifically Looks at African American Women

Many epidemiologists have noted that African American women are under represented in health condition / disease cause-and-effect studies. Researchers determined that a study of the effects of talc on African American women was particularly important because:

  • marketers of talcum products have specifically encouraged black women to use talcum powder, and
  • because African American women use more talc products than other women

A 2015 survey showed that 44% of black women use talcum powder. But only 30% of white women and 29% of Hispanic women use these powders.

The study looked at 584 African American women who had ovarian cancer and 745 who did not. Almost 63% of the women with ovarian cancer reported using talcum powder. Approximately 53% of the women without cancer also reported using talc.

The scientists who conducted the study concluded:

  • that the study confirmed earlier findings that use of talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer, and
  • that the study showed an even stronger connection between ovarian cancer and talcum powder use than earlier studies

Philadelphia Drug Injury Lawyers

Feldman & Pinto’s drug injury lawyers represent people injured by defective drugs and other products, including talcum products, in personal injury lawsuits against product manufacturers.

If you believe that talcum powder may have caused your ovarian cancer, please contact us to schedule a free meeting about your case.