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Does talcum powder cause cancer?

Talcum powder, which many people refer to as baby powder, has numerous uses. Mothers sprinkle it on their babies when changing diapers to prevent rashes. Many people also use talcum powder on their bodies after they bathe for hygiene purposes and it's found in numerous beauty products and makeups. The problem is, the naturally occurring mineral -- talc -- can also contain potentially cancer-causing elements which have caused serious problems for women who apply talcum powder to their genital areas.

Johnson & Johnson, one of the world's leading producer of talcum powder-containing hygiene and beauty products, has been the target of at least three different lawsuits since 2013. In the lawsuits, female plaintiffs have alleged that their use of Johnson & Johnson talcum products caused them to contract ovarian cancer. The lawsuits go on to allege that Johnson & Johnson was negligent in failing to warn them of cancer risks associated with their products. The science behind the lawsuits alleges that talcum powder applied to genital areas can travel into the vagina and uterus, eventually making its way through the fallopian tubes and into the ovaries.

In addition to the risks of ovarian cancer, there is also the risk of individuals contracting cancer after inhaling talcum powder. The International Association for the Research of Cancer (IARC) hasn't issued a definitive answer about whether talcum could cause cancer as a result of genital contact, but it has stated that it is "possibly carcinogenic."

Pennsylvania residents who are regular users of talc, and who have contracted cancer, may want to look into this matter further. If successfully navigated, a personal injury lawsuit pertaining to talcum-caused cancer may be able to bring money to a plaintiff to help pay for his or her medical care.

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