Does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer? A jury in Missouri thinks so.
It awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. She had used Johnson & Johnson’s popular talcum powder products for over 35 years.
The jury found that J&J failed to warn consumers for decades about a possible cancer risk.1
The lawyer for the deceased woman’s family said that J&J knew of the cancer risk as far back as the 1980s and did nothing about it.2
This isn’t the first time talc-based powders have come under scrutiny. In 2013, a South Dakota jury found that J&J’s body powder products were linked to a woman’s ovarian cancer death. But no damages were awarded at the time.3
As early as 2003, a review of 16 international studies involving 12,000 women showed that using talc in the genital area increases ovarian cancer risk by about one-third.4
Talcum, commonly called talc, is a mineral. It is finely ground to create a powder. Cancer is not the only health issue tied to it.
The powder easily becomes airborne. Users or others close by can inhale it. Inhalation can lead to pneumonia and inflammation of the airways… Even death in babies. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends not using talc on babies.5,6
The FDA has not restricted the use of talc. And some studies have contradicted the link between talc powder and ovarian cancer. But the American Cancer Society declared that with the use of talc powder “there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk.”7
Why take the chance? Don’t use powders containing talc. There are plenty of safe, non-talc powders to choose from.
Here are three talc-free “baby powders” that won’t expose you to the risk of ovarian cancer. While they might cost more money, it’s worth the peace of mind.8
Avalon Organics Cornstarch Baby Powder ($10): This hypo-allergenic product contains cornstarch, baking powder, chamomile, calendula, and organic aloe.
Burt’s Bees – Baby Bee Dusting Powder ($7): This product works well on adults and babies.
California Baby Non-Talc Calming Powder ($10): This lavender-scented powder is made from natural kaolin clay, bentonite clay, and cornstarch.
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In Good Health,
Publisher, INH Health Watch