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Studies yield information that may help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in African–American women

Ovarian cancer is the fifth cause of cancer deaths among women and the most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system. In a recent article, Newswise notes that statistics show that since the 1970s, five-year survival rates for ovarian cancer have improved for Caucasian women, but for African-American women during the same time period survival rates have instead declined. Researchers have been specifically studying the African-American female population, in relation to evaluating various risk factors for ovarian cancer. In May, an epidemiologic study found that body powder use was significantly associated with epithelial ovarian cancer risk. Researchers at the University of ... Read More

More research confirms talc increases ovarian cancer risk by 33 percent

Just a week after a $72 million verdict against Johnson and Johnson, where the company was found liable for Jacqueline Fox’s death from ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products for more than 35 years, new research was published confirming that genital talc use increases risk of ovarian cancer. During the trial internal documents exposed that the company’s medical consultants had been warning it at least since 1997 that studies “did show a statistically significant association between hygenic talc use and ovarian cancer.” Today research is still confirming that talc increases cancer risk. According to Fox News the study published in ... Read More

More lawsuits claiming ovarian cancer risk with talcum powder

Talcum powder is generally considered safe and thus widely used in body and face powders. But about 700 lawsuits have been filed against makers of talc-containing products claiming genital use of talcum powder for personal hygiene can cause ovarian cancer. “There probably will be more,” FairWarning reporter Myron Levin told Public Radio International. An increasing number of lawsuits name consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson, who has sold Johnson’s Baby Powder for more than a century, and currently markets other brands including Shower to Shower. The lawsuits claim that studies dating back 30 years or more have drawn a ... Read More

Talcum powder possibly linked to 10 percent of ovarian cancer cases

An estimated 20,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year, and more than 14,000 die annually. Risk factors include family history, mutations of the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, and use of fertility drugs. A lesser-known risk factor is use of talc-containing products on the genital area for personal hygiene. The first research on talcum powder and cancer dates back to 1971, when British researchers found talc particles “deeply embedded” in 10 out of 13 ovarian cancer tumors. A decade later, researchers showed the first statistical link between genital use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Since then, another 20 ... Read More

Lawsuits blame ovarian cancer on genital area use of baby powder

Deane Berg learned the day after Christmas 2006 that she had stage III ovarian cancer. The diagnosis was mind-boggling. She had no risk factors such as family history of ovarian cancer, mutations of the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes, or use of fertility drugs. How could she have developed the deadly disease? She pored through literature and discovered another possible risk factor – daily use of talcum powder on her genitals for personal hygiene. The studies dated back to the early 1970s. Curious if others had the same concerns, Berg posted on the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition website asking ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges baby powder caused ovarian cancer

Personal Care Products Council has been dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit claiming long-term use of baby powder caused ovarian cancer. Consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Talc America and Walgreens remain as defendants in the case. Judith Harlan filed a lawsuit against the companies on January 20 claiming she used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder regularly in her genital area for personal hygiene from 1964 to 2013. At age 66, she developed ovarian cancer. Harlan says she later learned that studies dating back to 1971 had shown a link to talcum powder and cancer. A decade ... Read More