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American Cancer Society Investigates Talcum Powder

American Cancer Society Investigates Talcum Powder

Many people have been asking the question, does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer? The answers to these questions can get murky. The American Cancer Society relies heavily on certain agencies, both national and international, to report findings from studies performed on substances in the environment and whether they are carcinogen.

These agencies measure the risk of contact with certain substances and if they cause cancer or help cancer grow.

Laboratory studies are performed on humans and animals. Findings by the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies the inhaling of talcum powder containing asbestos as carcinogenic to humans. Non-asbestos talcum powder was found to be the opposite if inhaled by humans. However, use of non-asbestos talcum powder, like found in Johnson & Johnson’s hygiene products, on genitals was found as a possible carcinogenic to humans. Many studies resulted in mixed findings.

Important testing on non-asbestos talcum powder by The US National Toxicology Program (which if formed from well-known government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health) is lacking. The NTP has still not fully reviewed talcum powder.

Because there is such a lack of clear results, The American Cancer Society suggest people who are concerned about the use of talcum powder products may want to avoid or limit their use of the consumer products containing this mineral.

St. Louis, Missouri is right in the center of the court battle between Johnson & Johnson and women who developed ovarian cancer by using the company's products containing talcum powder. If you or someone you love has developed ovarian cancer and have used products containing talc, please call St. Louis’ best product liability law attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC. The downtown St. Louis firm is available to listen to your story and help you understand your legal option with product liability laws.


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