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USE OF BABY POWDER MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF DEVLOPING OVARIAN CANCER

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TALCUM POWDER LAWSUITS INDICATE LINK BETWEEN TALC AND OVARIAN CANCER

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.

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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.

HOW CAN TALCUM POWDER CAUSE CANCER?

Baby powder is composed of talc, one of the softest minerals on the planet. It is a clay mineral composed of magnesium, oxygen, and silicon; when ground down to a powder, the mineral becomes very absorbent and reduces friction when applied to various surfaces.

However, structurally talc is similar to asbestos, a well-known carcinogen. The American Cancer society even reports that in its natural form, some talc actually contains asbestos. 

When talcum powder is used in the genital region, the particles can easily pass into the ovaries and stick. The trapped talcum particles then cause inflammation, which can easily lead to cancer cell growth. 

RESEARCH HISTORY OF TALCUM POWDER-CAUSED OVARIAN CANCER

Reports of talcum powder causing cancer is nothing new to science: J&J has been trying to skirt reports of it since the 1970’s. 

Over 40 years ago, researchers in England analyzed a sample of 13 ovarian tumors: they discovered talc particles in 10 of the 13 tumors with the talc “deeply embedded” in the tumors. In 1982, Cancer, a notable journal, published a study by epidemiologist Daniel Cramer which revealed a statistical link between ovarian cancer and using talc in the genital region. Since this research was published, over 20 more epidemiological studies have confirmed the association between ovarian cancer and using talcum powder in the genital area. 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S ATTEMPTS AT DENIAL

Corporate giant Johnson & Johnson is the most notable producer of talcum baby powder on the market. However, despite the increasing number of studies that point to talc as a cause of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson refuse to acknowledge the obvious relationship between the two. Not even the FDA has warned consumers in the US of the cancer risks in the past. 
J&J maintain their stance of promoting baby powder as a harmless product. They generally assert the studies on ovarian cancer and talc as weak and the potential health risks of talcum powder as insignificant. However, this could be due to the fact that J&J's baby powder is one of their prized products, and any claims against their product could tarnish the foundation of their company image.

WOMEN FIGHTING BACK

Recent jury rulings suggest the opposite of J&J’s statements. In February of 2016, a baby powder lawsuit concluded with the jury awarding the family of Jackie Fox, a victim of talcum powder-caused ovarian cancer, $72 million dollars. In another talcum powder case in May 2016, a jury in Missouri awarded a J&J baby powder user $55 million in damages for her ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2011.
These lawsuits revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew of the studies confirming talcum powder’s link to ovarian cancer, but they continued to market the powder as a “safe” product for feminine hygiene.
Thousands of women across the U.S. are now filing class action lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, found yet again at the heart of another product scandal. 
Plantiffs claim that J&J did not provide adequate warning about the correlation between the talc in talcum powder and developing ovarian cancer, that there is no warning on the bottle’s label. They claim that if a warning label had been provided, deciding whether or not to use the product would have been left up to free will: the lack of a label removed their freedom of choice. 

WHY ACT NOW?

AVA Law Group, Inc. is currently investigating claims from women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talc products used for feminine hygiene. 

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