Why Are Talcum Powder Lawsuits Being Filed?

Many attorneys claim the manufacturers of talcum powder for the link between using the product near the genital area and ovarian cancer. However, these companies deliberately made the decision not to warn women that the powder could cause cancer by entering the vagina after being applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins.

Talcum powder is a fibrous, white powder made by heavily refined hydrated magnesium silicate that is widely used as a lubricant and to absorb moisture. It’s the main component of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder as well as the adult version of similar personal hygiene products.There are more than 1,200 talcum powder cancer plaintiffs nationwide.


As a cosmetic, it’s mostly recognized for its ability to absorb bad smells and keep the skin dry when sprinkled on underwear, shoes and after changing infant diapers. As a lubricant, it’s often found in diaphragms to reduce friction as well as in many medical powders.

Talcum can be used by the direct application on the skin, dusted or sprinkled over underwear, diapers, and sanitary pads. If you or someone you know is experiencing with this issue you may contact us for a free case review.


The most dangerous potential side effect from the use of talcum powder by women is ovarian cancer, caused by the powder entering the ovaries through the vagina.

According to the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, frequent talcum powder use on the female genital area increases the risk of ovarian cancer between 30–60%. The more often a female uses it, the more likely she will experience ovarian cancer.You can also click here for more info on talcum power laws.

Although the exact mechanism through which talcum powder causes cancer is still unknown, one theory suggests chronic inflammation of the genital area, as talc particles rise through the uterus, up to the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Other than direct contact with the mucous membrane, the powder may also contain some antibodies that usually protect against cancer, increasing its risk.

Talcum powder has been associated with respiratory issues, especially in infants. This is caused by the powder becoming airborne during normal application. When breathed by infants, the powder can cause wheezing, fast and shallow breathing, coughing and in some cases acute or chronic lung inflammation. Long-term exposure can cause pneumonia and asthma symptoms.


Prior to the 1970s, some talcum products contained asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral, and known carcinogen. Although talcum products have been asbestos-free since that time, researchers noted talcum’s chemical relation to asbestos. Like asbestos, talc is a silicate mineral, having a crystalline structure. When ingested, these minerals have been known to cause irritation, leading to the chronic inflammation that can lead to the formation of cancerous tumors.