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Talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer

Forty-five years ago the first evidence of a link between baby powder and cancer was discovered.  British researchers analyzed 13 ovarian tumors and found talc particles deeply embedded in 10” of them.  Another study in 1982 established the “first statistical link” between genital talc use and ovarian cancer.  Both studies are discussed in an article in Bloomberg News about the growing number of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, filed by women with ovarian cancer who have a history of using its talcum powder.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – respected worldwide for its research on substances that may cause cancer – calls talc “a possible human carcinogen”

Why would talcum powder cause cancer?

Talc is a mineral, found in mines around the world. China and Pakistan ship an estimated 150,000 tons of talc to the U.S. every year.  In its natural form, talc can contain asbestos. Standard tests are “outdated and not rigorous enough to detect asbestos at low but potentially hazardous levels,” say experts interviewed for a story in FairWarning, republished in Salon.com in March 2015.  There is “no guarantee that talc is entirely free from asbestos.”

Talc is found in many kinds of cosmetics, from face powder to eye shadow and baby powder. It is also used as filler in capsules and pills and sometimes as a food additive, according to Salon’s article, “The hard truth about the softest mineral: talc is littered with stray asbestos.”  However, manufacturers are not required to share their safety information with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder

In March 2017, there were 3,100 talcum powder lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson filed by women with ovarian cancer.  Their lawyers charge the company with failing to warn customers that its talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer since 1971.

An expert testifying in one of the multi-million trials against J&J said studies that don’t show a link talcum powder and cancer haven’t properly assessed the amount of exposure. They should have considered the number of years that talcum powder was used, as well as how often it was used. In 2016, three talcum powder victims won $197 million in court.

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