Many cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year may have been caused by the regular use of talcum powder. Talc is a mineral made up of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. Because of its unique ability to absorb moisture, talc is a common ingredient in Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other household products that are sold as harmless enough to use on your baby’s skin. Many women routinely use talcum powder as a way to stay cool and comfortable and to prevent odors.
Talc makers, including Johnson & Johnson, marketed talcum powder to women for genital hygiene. Remember this jingle? “Just a sprinkle a day helps keep odor away”
Regular use of talc powder in the genital area can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Particles from the talc powder can travel through the vagina, uterus and Fallopian tubes to the ovaries. Talc particles in the ovaries can cause inflammation that can lead to the growth of cancerous tissue.
Juries have recently awarded large verdicts against Johnson & Johnson because the company knew of the cancer risk but did not tell consumers. Although medical studies have reported this increased risk, and even though condom and diaphragm manufacturers discontinued the use of talc decades ago, Johnson & Johnson has still not warned women of this risk.
Burg Simpson is investigating claims of ovarian cancer in women who used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene by applying the powder to the perineal or genital area on a regular basis for at least four years.
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