Does the use of talcum powder cause ovarian cancer? That is the $65,000 question. Or maybe it should be called the $100 million question. Two juries this year have said awarded a combined total of $127 million ($55 million and $72 million respectively in two separate talc powder ovarian cancer trials) to ovarian cancer victims who linked their cancer to the use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.
Over 1,200 plaintiffs have filed suit in state and federal courts against Johnson & Johnson charging the large corporation that it ignored studies linking its talc powder to ovarian cancer. With the two massive jury verdicts on the books this year, there is speculation that Johnson & Johnson will work to settle more claims rather than taking them to trial, according to St. Louis Today.
How Talcum Powder May Cause Ovarian Cancer
Studies appear to indicate that inflammation increases the risk of ovarian cancer and talcum powder causes swelling when applied to the genital area. Also, talcum powder particles can migrate to a woman’s ovaries and fallopian tubes, which may additional inflammation.
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There have been numerous medical studies (over 20, in fact) that link the use of talcum powder to women eventually developing ovarian cancer. In fact, some studies show that women who have used talcum powder were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who did not use this powder.
Johnson & Johnson May Have Known About The Ovarian Cancer Risk for Decades
The first study indicating that there way a possible link between talc powder and ovarian cancer was published in 1971. Yes, you read that correctly - 1971 (over three decades ago). In this study, researchers discovered that ovarian tumors had deeply embedded talc particles in them. In 1982, researchers discovered that women using talc powder during ovulation were at a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Did Johnson & Johnson do anything to inform consumers? No. Did they mention this risk on talc powder bottles? No. The ramifications? Thousands of women now developing ovarian cancer and facing the battle of their lives.
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