Talc is a mineral that is composed of different elements, mainly magnesium, silicon and oxygen. When crushed down into a fine powder, talc becomes talcum powder, a household item sold primarily to absorb moisture. Cosmetic products, including baby powder and facial powder, contain talcum powder and are sold worldwide. Although dangerous asbestos are now extracted from talc products for safety purposes, lingering talc fibers still pose a direct risk to consumers.
Each year, thousands of women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer due to the regular use of talcum powder on female genitalia. Studies dating back to the 1930’s began confirming the harmful nature of talc on human tissue. Despite the massive amount of evidence that talcum powder fibers have the potential to cause cancer in a woman’s body, companies like Johnson & Johnson still claim it is unnecessary to warn the public about the dangers of regular talcum powder usage.
Women who douche are nearly twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer compared to women who don’t douche, according to a study published in the journal Epidemiology. Douching has had a bad rap for years. Studies have linked such vaginal washing with a device to yeast infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancies, and other research has implied a link between douching and cervical cancer, reduced fertility, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The latest study, conducted by researchers with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is the first to link douching to ovarian cancer. The study tracked more ... Read More
On Monday a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of deceased plaintiff Jacqueline Fox, who alleged the company’s talc-containing products contributed to the development of her ovarian cancer. Fox died at age 62 just before the trial began. She had been using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years. Shower to Shower in particular was marketed by Johnson and Johnson for feminine hygiene with the memorable slogan “Just a sprinkle a day helps keep odor away.” When the company introduced the slogan in the ... Read More
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the seventh most common cancer in women worldwide. It is most often not diagnosed until it has advanced to late stages. Its symptoms are vague and not always gynecological, so many women spend months either ignoring symptoms or seeing specialists who are unlikely to do pelvic exams and find themselves being treated for irritable bowel syndrome or urinary tract infections. This is one of the reasons that the disease has such a high mortality rate. Detection at its earliest stage will offer the ... Read More
Ovarian cancer is quiet in its coming, then often swift and shocking. Thirty-four-year-old Inverness, Scotland, resident Michelle Campbell went in for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome this January, but began chemo in April after an inoperable tumor was found, and lost her battle with cancer just after Christmas, less than a year later. Ovarian cancer, with vague symptoms and no early-detection screening method, is usually advanced when diagnosed. It is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the seventh most common cancer in women worldwide. Doctors had initially dismissed the possibility of cancer because ... Read More
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest form of female reproductive cancer and can be developed by women at any age. The main reason for its deadliness is its difficulty to detect. In many cases, this disease it diagnosed when it is already too late for treatments to have a positive effect. Darlene Gibbon, MD, chief of Gynecologic Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, spoke recently to myCentralJersey.com about how important it is for women to educate themselves about ovarian cancer. Dr. Gibbon noted that although the cause of ovarian cancer is still unknown, it is imperative for women to be ... Read More
Georgia Tech researchers have teamed up with the Ovarian Cancer Institute to develop a diagnostic test for identifying ovarian cancer at its earliest stage. Early detection of ovarian cancer is key to survival. The disease has a 90 percent survival rate if caught early. However, symptoms of ovarian cancer often go undetected or misdiagnosed until it has spread, worsening the odds of survival. Because of this, ovarian cancer is the No. 1 most deadly cancer among women in the United States. Current screening methods, such as pelvic exams, ultrasounds and CA-125 blood tests do not offer reliable results. “It was ... Read More
A federal court has rejected Johnson & Johnson’s bid to keep three lawsuits from a pool of more than 200 alleging a link between the company’s talcum powder products and ovarian cancer, from returning to state court in St. Louis. Johnson & Johnson had removed the three lawsuits to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri claiming the lawsuits were “mass actions” that belonged in federal court. But federal judges overseeing the lawsuits found otherwise, and ordered the lawsuits should stay in state court where they were filed. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the consumer ... Read More
For more than a century, Johnson & Johnson has grown to become a household name for consumer health care products. Among its most well-known consumer products are the over-the-counter (OTC) products like Band-Aid Brand line of bandages, Tylenol painkillers, and Johnson’s baby products. But in recent years, the trustworthiness of the company’s products has come into question with multiple recalls and safety concerns. Here are some Johnson & Johnson consumer products that have raised red flags – and sparked lawsuits: 2010 Recall of OTC Children’s Medicines Johnson & Johnson manufactures a variety of over-the-counter medicines for children and adults. In 2010, the ... Read More
Manufacturers of talcum powder products have convinced consumers that their body and baby powders are safe even for infants. However, national health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Cancer Society, acknowledge there are safety concerns related to talc. Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that contains elements such as magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It can also contain asbestos, though many manufacturers claim that their talc-containing products do not contain detectable amounts of the carcinogen. Regardless, talcum powder has been linked to serious health problems including an inflammation in the lungs known as talcosis, mesothelioma, and ... Read More
An Illinois woman is suing consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson and the retailer Walgreens claiming the companies knowingly promoted dangerous use of talcum power, which caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis claims that she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products on her genitals for personal hygiene based on the company’s advertising encouraging women to “dust themselves with this product to mask odors,” from 1981 to 2014, in Illinois, Arkansas, Georgia, and Virginia. In 2013, at the age of 49, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 1982, a study linked the use of talcum powder ... Read More