Talcum Powder

Talcum powder has been a common household item for decades.  It comes in different forms and packages including baby powder, feminine hygiene powder, face and body powder.

It is used to absorb moisture, treat diaper rash and as a deodorant.

It’s a silky smooth powder, very versatile, and unless perfume is inserted it’s odorless and inoffensive. Nevertheless, talcum powder had been linked to respiratory problems in babies and ovarian cancer in women who’ve used it frequently for female hygiene.

What is Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder is made of a mineral known as talc.  The main component is calcium silicate.  Talc is ground into a fine powder which is extremely soft, slippery and absorbent.  It’s utilized as the main ingredient in baby powder, female hygiene items like Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower, along with a large number of cosmetic products.

Talcum Powder Products and Uses

Talcum powder is used in many types of products and has many uses as a stand-alone ingredient. Examples include:

  • Baby powder
  • Face powder
  • Body powder
  • Feminine hygiene to reduce odor, moisture, and friction
  • Foot powder
  • Medicated powders
  • Perfumed powders
  • Addition to sanitary and incontinence pads

Talcum powder has been a basic household item for generations. It is inexpensive and it is used as a remedy for rashes and discomfort of all sorts.

Talcum Powder Not Recommended for Babies

As far back as 1969, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautioned that talcum powder introduced a significant threat to infants.  Babies could inhale the powder and develop severe or chronic lung infection also, at the time, there has been three documented fatalities.  The AAP still advises against using baby powder since the very small particles may be inhaled and dry out the mucous membranes, resulting in lung damage.

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

More than 20 studies, going back more than 40 years, support a connection between using talcum powder for female hygiene with the development of ovarian cancer.  Talcum powder products, for example Shower to Shower, are promoted as female hygiene products to reduce odor.  Women also use baby powder for the similar purpose.  These studies suggest that if talcum powder is applied to the genital area, it can go through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries in which together with long-term usage, the particles may accumulate and lead to inflammation and irritation, leading to cancer.

If you have questions about talcum powder or believe your cancer was caused by its use, call us toll-free at 1-800-HURT-NOW or email us.  We will help you find answers to your questions and we can introduce you to a lawyer who represents people with talcum powder claims against Johnson & Johnson.