After using baby powder for over three decades, a woman began to have a loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and bloating. Her doctor diagnosed her with cancer, and she began to suspect her routine use of baby powder of exposing her to carcinogenic talc, joining a large class action against the product’s manufacturer. The alleged presence of asbestos in the product was a contentious claim, as there was a lack of scientific consensus over the connection between talc and cancer at the time of the case. Faced with differing opinions and sentiments on the substance, experts in gynecologic oncology were called to testify on the ensuing scientific debate.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Are you familiar with the relationship between talc and ovarian cancer?
Expert Witness Response E-044847
I’m an Associate Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at a major academic medical center and have about a decade of experience treating gynecologic malignancies, including ovarian cancer. I see around fifty patients a week, and about twenty percent of them have ovarian cancer. I’m very familiar with the relationship between talc and ovarian cancer and the controversy surrounding this issue, but have not officially reviewed any cases related to talcum powder yet.
Expert Witness Response E-126010
In my professional opinion, talc has no directly causal, or even plausible, relationship with ovarian cancer.