Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
Talcum Powder, often known as baby powder, is a common health and beauty aid that has been available on the market since 1896. Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower have been marketed as a safe health care product to help keep your skin dry.
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined from the ground and later processed into powder form. During the refining process, naturally occurring asbestos is removed from the talc, essentially turning it into talcum powder. Prior to 1970, the asbestos was left in the talc. At that time the Food and Drug Administration required that the asbestos be removed from the talc for consumer use.
Talc powder has been marketed to treat skin problems for over 120 years. Targeted for women who wanted to stay feeling fresh and as a way to prevent diaper rash and sweating in babies, talcum powder has been marketed as a safe health and beauty product. However, as early as 1930, there have been medical studies conducted showing that using talcum powder increases the risk for cancer.
More recent medical studies, starting with the 1971 study showing that 75 percent of all cancerous ovarian tumors contained talc powder, and ending with the 2011 study showing that women who use talcum powder in their genital region have a 400 percent increased risk of ovarian and cervical cancers, show that women have been misled about the safety of this product.
At this time there have been two major settlements concerning talc use and cancer. There have been thousands of lawsuits filed against Johnson and Johnson since the beginning of 2016.
Side Effects Associated With Talcum Powder
Talc has been marketed as a safe product with only one warning. The back of the canister states to avoid inhalation of this product. Babies are at highest risk for developing problems associated with inhaling talc. These problems could include wheezing, coughing, and lung irritation known as talcosis. Long term exposure to inhaling talc can lead to the onset of asthma or pneumonia.
Additional side effects, although not contained in the warning label, include:
- Increased risk of ovarian cancer
- Possible link to cervical cancer
- Possible link to uterine cancer