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Ovarian cancer is the ‘disease that whispers’

Ovarian cancer was once considered a silent killer because it is often not detected until it has spread to other areas of the body, making it more difficult to treat. But medical experts say it should be considered more of a “disease that whispers,” since many women do exhibit symptoms before the cancer spreads. Recognizing those symptoms can be lifesaving. Unlike other female cancers, such as those of the breast, uterine and cervix, there are no screenings for early detection of ovarian cancer. Thus, only about 20 percent are diagnosed early. If treated early, a woman’s odds of five-year survival ... Read More

Embarrassment, stigma with gynecological cancers prevents some women from seeking help

Misinformation about the causes and symptoms of gynecological cancers are creating a stigma around the diseases that could cost some women their lives, says The Eve Appeal, a women’s cancer charity in the United Kingdom. The charity commissioned an online poll of 1,000 women and learned that a quarter of the women did not want to talk to their general practitioner about gynecological problems because they did not want to talk about their sexual history. One in five women surveyed believed that cancers of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vulva and vagina were linked to sexual promiscuity, and nearly half felt ... Read More

Carcinogenic mineral found in crayons, play fingerprinting kits

Some children’s crayons sold in the United States and decorated with characters like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and Mickey Mouse, and children’s crime labs contain carcinogenic fibers presumably from the use of asbestos-contaminated talc, according to a report released by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. The crayons and fingerprinting kits were manufactured in China and sold in U.S. stores including Toys “R” Us and Dollar Tree. According to the report, this is the third time in 15 years asbestos has been found in crayons or fingerprinting kits marketed to children. Asbestos is actually a fibrous version of one ... Read More

FDA grants orphan drug status to ovarian cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to Insys Therapeutics’ Liposomal Encapsulated Paclitaxel (LEP) for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is a devastating and difficult-to-treat disease with limited treatment options. LEP works by entrapping the paclitaxel with liposomes. “We believe our LEP-ETU formational could potentially have reduced toxicity, while maintaining or enhancing efficacy of the cancer-fighting paclitaxel,” said Michael L. Babich, president and chief executive officer for Insys Therapeutics. “We are currently evaluating next steps with respect to this drug product candidate.” Orphan drug designation is granted by the FDA Office of Orphan ... Read More

New lawsuit claims baby powder for personal hygiene caused ovarian cancer

Johnson & Johnson faces a new lawsuit claiming the use of its talcum powder for feminine hygiene caused ovarian cancer. Judith Harlan claims she used the company’s baby powder regularly on her genitals for nearly 50 years, trusting the product’s label that it safe even for babies. In 2013, Judith was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer among women. Judith learned that in 1971 the first study emerged showing a link between talcum powder and cancer. In 1982, another study showed that women who repeatedly used talcum powder on their genitals for personal hygiene were ... Read More

Study links regular use of talcum powder to ovarian cancer

An analysis of data from eight different studies has drawn a definite link between the use of talcum powder in the genital area to an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to Science World Report. The study, conducted by researchers with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, compared a group of 8,525 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer to 9,800 women who had no history of ovarian cancer. They found that women who regularly applied talcum powder to their genitals for personal hygiene had a 24 percent increased risk of ovarian ... Read More

The Doctors warn women of ovarian cancer risk with talcum powder products

Physicians on The Doctors talk show are warning women that using talcum powder products in the genital area for personal hygiene can increase a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer. This week, The Doctors introduced Deane, who won the first major lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company knew of the risks associated with its baby powder and Shower to Shower body powder but failed to warn consumers of the risks. Deane said when she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she searched for some understanding about how she could have developed the disease. “I had no family history. ... Read More

Widower files lawsuit against manufacturers of talcum powder products

James Chakalos says manufacturers of talc-containing products knew that using talcum powder in the genital area for personal hygiene could increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women, but they refused to add warnings on the products’ labels. James has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers claiming his wife’s lifetime use of the products caused her to develop the deadly cancer, which took her life in 2012 at the age of 63. Named in the suit are Valeant, which recently purchased the Shower to Shower brand from Johnson & Johnson, as well as Chattem, maker of ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson withheld ovarian cancer risks with its talcum powder products

Johnson & Johnson has known for decades that tiny particles such as those in talcum powder can travel through the vagina, up the fallopian tubes and become deeply embedded within the tissue of ovaries where it can trigger abnormal cell growth leading to ovarian cancer. Yet the consumer health care giant refused to warn users of its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products and even marketed it for use in the genital area for personal hygiene, Beasley Allen attorney Ted Meadows said at the firm’s annual legal conference in November. “How do we know talcum powder causes ovarian cancer,” ... Read More

FDA cannot guarantee baby powders, body powders do not contain asbestos

Pathologists, cancer specialists and experts in lawsuits have warned that products like baby powders and body powders containing talcum powder can cause deadly mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has no legal grounds to protect consumers from these products. Talcum is derived from talc, a natural mineral composed of other minerals such as asbestos, a known carcinogen which has been linked to the deadly form of lung cancer, mesothelioma. Talcum powder is found in cosmetics and body and baby powders. It also has been used in the manufacturing of tires, paper, thermoplastics, polymers, paints, and ... Read More