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A recent Reuters report highlighted a study showing that African-American women who use body powder with talc are at a higher risk for ovarian cancer than black women who don’t use talc.
According to the report, a University of Virginia researcher had long doubted the link between ovarian cancer and talc-based products such as baby powder. However, the results of her study caused a change of heart, and she now recommends that women avoid talc altogether.
The researcher and her team talked to nearly 600 African-American women who had ovarian cancer and another 745 black women who do not have the disease. The team found that 63 percent of women with ovarian cancer used talc-based baby powder in their genital area, compared to 53 percent of healthy respondents.
This study, according to Reuters, shows a stronger link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder than previous research indicated.
Approximately 14,500 women die from ovarian cancer each year, with another 20,000 receiving a diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
You might be able to take legal action if you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after the use of a talc-based product. Lawsuits have been filed across the country alleging that manufacturers failed to warn consumers of the possible link between their products and the disease. If you would like to learn more about your potential legal options, call Baron & Budd at 866-747-1424 or complete our contact form to schedule a confidential consultation.