Talcum Powder


Cooney & Conway reviews claims on behalf of individuals who have developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after using talcum powder or other talc products.


Talc is a common ingredient in many everyday products, but as several recent lawsuits have brought to light it may also contain trace amounts of asbestos, a material whose airborne fibers can scar lung tissue and cause cancer.

Talc is used in everything from makeup to baby powder, and is even used as a food additive. But it can be contaminated with asbestos. Although asbestos is known to be dangerous - and known to be found in cosmetic talc - the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed the cosmetic talc industry to monitor its use of talc in cosmetics despite concerns about asbestos contamination. The cosmetic talc industry says they test their talc for asbestos and only use talc that is proven to be asbestos-free, however experts say that the outdated tests used by industry scientists can’t detect the levels of asbestos that may be present in talc. These levels still remain dangerous. Government documents show that FDA officials first discussed the issue of testing for asbestos in talc in 1976, but decided to allow the industry to test its own products. Proposals for the FDA to run the tests came up again in 1994 and 2001, but there was no change.

Asbestos exposure can cause a very aggressive form of cancer called mesothelioma. If you believe you or someone you care about has been exposed to asbestos through the use of talcum powder, contact Cooney & Conway to learn more about your legal rights. Mesothelioma is one of the areas we specialize in.

Ovarian Cancer

Researchers have been studying the potential link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder for decades. There is evidence that Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of popular talc products, knew about the risk of ovarian cancer since 1982 and failed to warn the public.

Both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society consider talc use near the genitals as a “risk factor” for ovarian cancer. The International Journal of Gynecological Cancer states that women who use talcum powder on their genital area have a 30%-60% increased risk of cancer. To date, Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of talc powder have not placed warnings on their products.

If you or someone you know developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, contact the attorneys at Cooney & Conway for a consultation.