There is mounting scientific evidence that long-term use of talcum powder for personal hygiene increases the risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder may cause cancer if it enters the ovaries after being applied to the genital area. On Tuesday, May 19th, Johnson & Johnson officially discontinued sales of talc-based baby powders in North America.
Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
Although manufacturers of talc products such as baby powder have known for decades of the link between talcum powder and cancer, these companies chose not to warn women of the risk of cancer from their products. In recent jury trials that resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts, Johnson & Johnson has been found liable for this failure to warn of the dangers of its product. More information on the connection between talc and cancer can be found at the website for the International Society for Research on Cancer, www.iarc.fr.
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How Long Has It Been Known that Talc Powder Causes Cancer?
The first links between talcum powder and ovarian cancer can be traced back to 1971 when researchers in Britain identified talc particles in over a dozen ovarian tumors. Since that time, many studies and scientific journals have explored the relationship. However, recent studies in the past few years show a stronger relationship than what has previously been suggested.
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How High Is the Risk of Ovarian Cancer from Talcum Powder Use?
Studies on the relationship between talcum-based baby powder and ovarian cancers have been ongoing for some time. However, the most recent studies from prominent medical researchers now indicate that frequent usage of talc powder can increase the risks of cancer by more than 30%. This link is much stronger and more concerning than what many have thought in the past.
Are There Any Other Dangers Associated With Talcum Powder?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Current research indicates that talc-based products contaminated with asbestos and asbestiform materials have lead to the development of mesothelioma. This form of cancer is classified as a fatal disease with a median survival time of less than one year from the first symptoms of illness and no current known cure. Because talc is often naturally found near asbestos in the earth, it is easy for the former to become contaminated during the mining process. As recently as October of 2019, the FDA has detected and called for the recall of Johnsons & Johnson’s baby powder contaminated with asbestos.
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