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Five-year-old study shows heightened risk of ovarian cancer with use of talcum powder

More than five years ago, scientists from Harvard Medical School warned that women using talcum powder products in the genital area could be at serious risk of developing deadly ovarian cancer. The warning was based on a theory that the talcum powder in these products could travel to the ovaries and trigger a process of inflammation that allows cancer cells to flourish. It had been considered a remote risk at best. Even so, a team of Harvard researchers decided to put the theory to a test. They studied more than 3,000 women and found that women who used talc in their ... Read More

Cancer groups warn of increased risk of ovarian cancer with talcum powder use

Ovarian cancer is the most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system. Its high death rate is partly due to the lack of early detection and screening tests. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,240 cases of ovarian cancer were diagnosed in 2013, and approximately 14,030 women died from the disease in that year. While the causes of ovarian cancer are unknown, most cases are thought to be genetic in nature. Increased hormone levels before and during ovulation may also stimulate the growth of abnormal cells. However, researchers have identified another possible cause of the deadly disease – one that ... Read More

Is baby powder dangerous to my infant?

Baby powder may seem like a safe and logical product to use on your baby – talcum powder has been used for years to keep baby’s bottom dry in his diaper – but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against it. Not only can baby powder irritate the lungs, it can also increase the risk of ovarian cancer in girls. Talc is a mineral made up of elements such as magnesium and silicon. It is ground down into a fine powder known as talcum powder and sold commercially as body or facial powder to absorb moisture. However, talc can also ... Read More

Talcum powder could be to blame for thousands of cases of ovarian cancer each year

As many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year may have been caused by regular use of talcum powder, according to a Harvard University researcher. Dr. Daniel Cramer has spent the past three decades studying the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer and was an expert witness in a recent lawsuit in which a jury found consumer health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew of the cancer risks associated with its talc products but failed to warn consumers. Dr. Cramer was one of three researchers who examined the plaintiff’s cancerous ovarian tissue using a scanning electron microscope. ... Read More

Woman who sued Johnson & Johnson wants to warn others of ovarian risk with talcum powder products

Deane Berg was not awarded a cent in punitive or compensatory damages from her lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson products containing talc caused her to develop ovarian cancer, but she was pleased that the jury agreed the consumer health care giant failed to warn consumers that its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products carry cancer risks. Deane applied the company’s power to her genital area for hygiene purposes for about three decades. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2005 at the age of 49. Three separate researchers studied Deane’s cancerous ovarian tissue and found talc, and ... Read More

Woman wins lawsuit claiming Johnson and Johnson talc products caused her ovarian cancer

A South Dakota jury has a woman’s longtime use of Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer. The woman’s lawsuit claimed the consumer health care giant knew of the ovarian cancer risks associated with its talcum-containing products but failed to warn consumers. Deane Berg was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. She says she used the company’s talcum-based products, including Shower to Shower body powder, for hygiene purposes for about 30 years. Three different doctors examined Deane’s cancerous tissue with a scanning electron microscope and found talc. It was their conclusion that the talc came from the body ... Read More