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Talcum Powder

Talcum Powder Linked to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Talcum Powder (Talc) containing asbestos is recognized as a carcinogen by multiple institutes, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer; however, Johnson & Johnson claims modern talc products (from the 1973 on) no longer carry asbestos.

This has not, however, prevented new cases in which women have developed ovarian cancer after using talc products manufactured well after the 1973 removal of asbestos. More alarming, talc fibers are often found in the cancerous tissue following diagnosis.

Still, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), which is made up by parts of the CDC, FDA, and NIH, has not fully reviewed talc (with or without asbestos) as a possible carcinogen.

There are currently two class-actions claiming ovarian cancer in connection with talcum powder products. Both were filed against J&J in 2014 and cover Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. In February 2016, a family was awarded $72 million for the ovarian cancer and resulting death of a woman who had used Johnson & Johnson talcum products.

According to Harvard epidemiologist, Dr. Daniel Cramer, talcum powder results in as many as 10,000 women developing ovarian cancer every year. Other studies suggest exposure to talcum powder can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 30 to 45 percent


The following information was provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Body Powder Brands
    • Johnson’s Baby Powder
    • CVS Brand Baby Powder
    • Rite Aid Baby Powder
    • Anti Monkey Butt Powder
    • Assured Shower & Bath Absorbent Body Powder
    • Angel of Mine Baby Powder
    • Family Dollar Mild Baby Powder
    • Shower to Shower
  • Cosmetic Grade Brands
    • Rio Tinto Minerals (Imperial/Olympic/Supreme/Supra/Suprafino)
    • Presperse (Micro Ace/Rose Talc/TalClear)
    • Sentient Cosmetic Technologies
    • Brenntag Specialties Inc.
  • Blush Brands
    • Maybelline new York Expert Wear Blush (Gentle rose 109EWBR-30)
    • N.Y.C. New York color Cheek Glow Powder Blush (West side Wine 652A)
    • NARS Blush (Torrid 4017)
  • Eye Shadow Brands
    • Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner (Hazel Eyes 222)
    • Black Radiance Eyeshadow Quartet (Retro Chic 8805)
    • Stilla Eye Shadow Trio (Venus S461-03)
    • Dior 5-Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow
  • Foundation Brands
    • Black Opal True Color Liquid Foundation (Heavenly Honey)
    • Laura Mercier Foundation Powder (Number 2)
  • Face Powder Brands
    • LA Colors Pressed Powder (Nude BPP320)
    • Revlon Color Stay Pressed Powder (Fair 810)
    • Cover Girl TruBlend Mineral Loose Mineral Powder (Translucent Fair 405)
    • Physician’s Formula Summer Eclipse Bronzing & Shimmery Face Powder (Moonlight/Light Bronzer 3104)
    • Wet n Wild Bronzer (Light/Medium 701)
    • Iman Luxury Pressed Powder (Clay Medium Dark)
    • Coty Air Spun Loose Face Powder (Translucent 070-24)
    • Black Opal Color Fusion Powder (Mosaic Raspberry Bronzer)
    • Black Radiance Pressed Powder (Rich Mahogany Acajou riche 8607B)
    • Posner Finishing Touch Pressed Powder (Honey Beige 53124)
    • N.Y.C. new York Color Loose Face Powder (Translucent 741A)
    • Almay Nearly Naked Loose Powder (Light/pale 100)
    • Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder (Invisible Matte 101)
    • BeneFit Hello flawless Custom Powder Cover-Up for Face SPF 15 (Me Vain Champagne 1B168)
    • Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights Intermix Pressed Powder (Baked Stardust DL 106)
    • Guerlain Meteorites Poudre de Perles Illuminating Perfecting Pressed Powder (Mythic Parfait 01)
    • Urban Decay Baked Bronzer (Gilded)


If you believe you believe exposure to talcum powder has contributed to a serious injury or illness, contact Thomas J. Henry. Defective product lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation.


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