Talcum Powder is made from talc and is marketed to absorb moisture and also to provide soft, slippery surfaces that reduce friction. These traits make Talcum Powder a common ingredient in many personal care products such as baby powder, and adult boy and facial powders, as well as in a number of other personal care products.
These hygiene products are used to absorb moisture, keep skin dry, and help prevent rashes. After being marketed towards women to use routinely as a way to stay cool, comfortable, and free of vaginal odor, talcum powder is commonly dusted on private parts.
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The powder can travel from sanitary napkins, diaphragms, and condoms through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries, according to the American Cancer Society. Once the talcum powder enters the reproductive tract women may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Although Talcum Powder has been a household and bathroom staple for years, the lawsuits allege women who apply the powder regularly to the genital area are at an increased risk for ovarian cancer. Talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits claim the manufacturers have been researching the cause and effect relationship for over 40 years and chose to not include a label or notice warning users.