Talcum powder, more commonly known as baby powder, has been a hygienic staple for decades in the United States. Advertisements market the soft, pleasant-smelling powder as the ultimate comfort, the solution for all sorts of skin irritations, and safe enough for babies (hence the name). However, what multi-million dollar marketing campaigns mask behind glossy pages are the staggering number of studies that point to the deadly consequences of using talcum powder.
Talcum powder has been found to increase women’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. Studies
show that women who use the seemingly gentle, pleasant-smelling powder for long-term hygienic use in the perineal region face a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer. The risk leaps to 41% if used daily.
Johnson & Jonson is one of the largest manufacturers of baby/talcum powder in the world. But despite overwhelming evidence against them, J&J maintain their stance that the link between talc and ovarian cancer is inconsequential.