Baby Powder Claimed to have Carcinogenic Effect on Ovaries

    Cody Porcoro

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    on October 31, 2017

    When a woman’s savings had to be spent on medical treatment fees for her ovarian cancer, she filed suit alleging that the excessive use of baby powder had caused her to be exposed to harmful carcinogens. Though she had no prior exposure to harmful substances or any relatives in her family with similar cases of cancer, she had used baby powder routinely multiple times each day. The powder was believed to be harmless, and had been utilized in multiple health and cosmetic products for decades. Nevertheless, the woman’s case challenged the expectation that talcum powder could be used without harm, and her situation necessitated an expert who could speak to the current literature regarding the incidence of ovarian cancer with exposure to talc, as well as address other issues of causality.

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    • 1. What is your professional expertise with relation to the issues discussed in this case?

    Expert Witness Response E-000739

    I am familiar with the issue of talc being implicated in gynecologic cancers, and am an expert on cancer epidemiology and causal associations in cancer. I have published extensively on clinical ovarian cancer, and can take the allegations of the case and investigate them within the relevant medical literature.

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