Epidemiology Expert Comments on Talcum-Cancer Correlation

    Cody Porcoro

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    — Updated on April 11, 2018

    When multiple women began to develop weight loss, abdominal lumps, indigestion, and eventual ovarian cancer following the use of a multinational brand of baby powder, the product’s company was sued for neglecting to provide warnings about their products. During the trial, the connection between talcum-based baby powder and ovarian cancer was questioned, with allegations that the powder was directly responsible for the cancer’s development unconfirmed. Expert testimony on the causal relationships between the powder and cancerous growth was required, with a particular need for someone who could discuss the current literature in the debate over talc as a carcinogen.

    Question(s) For Expert Witness

    • 1. Are you familiar with the relationship between talc, asbestos, and ovarian cancer?
    • 2. Are you able to develop an analysis of ovarian cancer risks in populations exposed to talc?

    Expert Witness Response E-017810

    As a professor of Radiology, Epidemiology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, I have extensive knowledge about ovarian cancer, epidemiology, and biostatistics. I would need to review each patient’s medical records before applying relevant current literature and providing an informed opinion on causation in this case.

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