Talcum Powder


Talcum powder is a commonly used over-the-counter healthcare product used by millions of people each year for a wide range of applications. The soft white powder is directly derived from the mineral talc, also known as magnesium silicate. Most talc is mined, sifted and packaged or applied into personal hygiene products such as baby powder to prevent diaper rash, cosmetics and other consumer goods.


Talcum powder has developed through powerful marketing practices as a culturally necessary daily use product, which in many families starts at birth. Mothers and childcare workers have and continue to use talcum powder in babies diapers to prevent rash by reducing moisture in and around the genitals. Furthermore, cosmetic manufacturers include talcum powder in their products and manufacturing processes, including eye shadows, blush, facial powders, deodorants, sanitary pads, foot powders, and more. Talcum powder usage is associated with high potential risk of ovarian cancer and development of serious respiratory conditions.

Talc containing products are typically used without concern in the most sensitive areas of the body and on babies.


Over the course of the past 40 years scientists have questioned the safety of regular talc use due to its potentially carcinogenic side effects in the human body. Studies performed by researchers and reputable healthcare providers have recently linked persistent talc usage to ovarian cancer.

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of talcum powder based products due to its link to cancer and respiratory conditions. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends consumers minimize exposure to talc based on a 1995 study of the health effects of long term talc exposure on workers.


Talcum powder usage is associated with high potential risk of ovarian cancer and development of serious respiratory conditions. When talcum powder is applied to the female groin area talc fibers are known to migrate into the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. These carcinogenic fibers remain intact for years causing inflammation and in some women ultimately ovarian and other types of cancer.

Recent studies in the journal Cancer Prevention Research point to a 20-30% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer with talcum powder usage.


Recent successful lawsuits have alleged that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks associated with talcum powder usage and its link to ovarian cancer, but purposefully failed to inform consumers for decades. Class action lawsuits have been filed in California and Illinois, as well as, individual cases in other states.

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian or other forms of female reproductive cancer and have used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder or other talc based products, contact us immediately for a no cost case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation. The irresponsibility on the part of Johnson & Johnson is egregious, and consumers and their families should understand the risks and how to protect themselves.

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