This topic is particularly special to me because my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer years ago. Thankfully because of a really bad cold and a cracked rib we found this silent killer at stage one. This was in all rights a miracle because that is not the norm.
I have wondered on countless occasions, did my mother’s use of talcum powder lead to her cancer. My mother was an extreme athletic, basketball, racquetball, and of course dancing. Playing hard was her thing. That being said, staying fresh was just as important as being fit. She used baby powder like it was her job.
On August 21st 2017, a jury in LA fined Johnson and Johnson 417 million dollars and ordered them to pay this whole amount to a woman who claims their baby powder was the cause of her ovarian cancer. Surprisingly, this is not the first time J & J went to court. In 2015, an Alabama woman died from ovarian cancer and received 72 million in a settlement with this large company. Also, in 2013 J & J was found guilty of negligence for not warning women that putting talcum on their genitals could cause them ovarian cancer.
How is it that this danger has been circulating around scientist for over 30 years but it is only in the last 5 that we, the consumers are just getting wind of this. The Who, World Health Organization has stated using talc on female genitals is, “Possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
There are many people out there that do not agree with these findings and feel we are putting energy in where it is wasted. There are still genetic factors, life style and hormonal imbalance that can cause this dreadful disease. However, without rightfully sharing this information to the public it is not only a crime but it is immoral.
The use of Baby Powder needs to be a thing of the past and by all rights removed from the shelves. If that is not possible then as with other carcinogenic materials there needs to be strong label advising the use of this product and the dangers that can result from daily use on female genitals.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.