Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Research Findings

Following the 1971 study that first detected a connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer, many more scientific studies have been published in prominent medical journals such as Cancer, The Lancet, and Oncology throughout the past decades. The National Cancer Institute and the International Union Against Cancer have published similar findings. A description of pivotal studies on the baby powder and ovarian cancer is set forth here:

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An article on ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder in The Lancet warns, “The potentially harmful effects of talc . . . in the ovary . . . should not be ignored.”


Cramer, et al. Ovarian Cancer and Talc – A Case Control Study “It is especially notable that women who regularly had both dusted their perineum with talc and had used it on sanitary napkins had more than a threefold increase in risk compared to women with neither exposure.”

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Harlow, B. L (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115), and N. S. Weiss.
A case-control study of borderline ovarian tumors: the influence of perineal exposure to talc. Am J Epidemiol 1989;130:390-4.

“[W]omen who used deodorizing powders alone or In combination with other talc-containing powders had
2.8 times the risk (95% confidence Interval 1.1-11.7) of women who had not had perineal exposure to powder.”


The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology publishes a study which finds that regular (weekly) use of baby powder increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer threefold.

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A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology affirms that perineal dusting of talcum powder contributes to the risk of cancer; it suggests talcum genital deodorant sprays contribute to cancer growth as well.


A meta-analysis, which compiles and reviews data from 16 previous studies, is published in Anticancer Research. Based on research with nearly 12,000 women, the study concludes that perineal baby powder use is associated with a 33% increase in ovarian cancer risk.

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Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Margaret Gates reaffirms that weekly use of talcum powder for perineal dusting increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%. Dr. Gates also asserts that daily use of a product such as Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 41%.


A meta-analysis, which compiles and reviews data from 16 previous studies, is published in Anticancer Research. Based on research with nearly 12,000 women, the study concludes that perineal baby powder use is associated with a 33% increase in ovarian cancer risk.

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Epidemiologist Roberta Ness, found that, “Talc use increased ovarian cancer by 30-60%.”


In May 2016, Cancer Epidemiology published a study of black women who used talcum powder for genital hygiene. Compared to non-users, women who used talc had a 44% increased risk of ovarian cancer and the risk increased over time

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Talcum Powder Cancer Risk

Talcum Powder Cancer Lawyers Help Women and their Families

Our attorneys handling baby powder lawsuits for women or family members of women with ovarian cancer will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. If you or a family member was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc-based baby powder, a baby powder cancer attorney can help by answering your questions and discussing your legal options.

Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of using talc body powder or baby powder may have grounds for a talcum powder cancer lawsuit. We provide legal representation for baby powder cancer lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning we receive no fee unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.

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