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Talcum powder has long been a staple in households. Many people use it as part of a daily routine to relieve skin irritation, wicking away moisture and relieving chaffing. For decades, parents have sprinkled it on a baby’s bottom after a diaper change. Talcum powder has been marketed as safe and effective – but that may not be true.
Women who regularly use talcum powder on their genital area are experiencing a devastating side effect: ovarian cancer. Some women are taking action and demanding Johnson & Johnson pay for promoting a dangerous product as safe and harmless. Johnson & Johnson makes and markets Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.
Courts and juries are siding with the women and the families of those who died from ovarian cancer, awarding millions to these aggrieved families.
Research studies have indicated talcum powder causes ovarian cancer for women when used on the genital area. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has studied talcum extensively. Talcum powder that contains asbestos is, not surprisingly, carcinogenic, but most modern day powder does not contain asbestos, although it did up until the early 1970s. Talc not containing asbestos is not carcinogenic – but if applied to women’s genitals, it is possibly carcinogenic, the research agency said. Talcum powder can get inside the body and irritate the ovaries, possibly making ovaries more susceptible to ovarian cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer is part of the World Health Organization and considered highly reputable.
The American Cancer Society has an entire section on its web site dedicated to talcum powder and cancer, which you can access here.
Bloomberg News wrote an extensive piece about Johnson & Johnson’s marketing of talcum powder, which you can read here.
The most recent news on this topic is that a jury awarded a woman $55 million in one case and the family of a woman who died $72 million in another case. More cases are waiting.
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