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Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder: The Connection to Ovarian Cancer

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Johnson & Johnson baby powder has been linked to ovarian cancer ever since doctors starting finding little crystals of the talc powder in ovarian tumors. Lawsuits are being filed across the country alleging that the Johnson & Johnson Company officials knew its talcum powder was unsafe for women to use and did nothing to stop the usage. As of recently, there are thousands of claims against the company and its talcum-based baby powder. Johnson & Johnson company officials deny the claims and say its product is safe, but there are reasons to conclude that the company statements are false. Here is why some people now believe that there is a Johnson baby powder cancer link that can lead to ovarian cancer.

Baby Powder Ingredientsa

The main ingredient in the baby powder is talc. Talc is a mineral made from clay and has magnesium, hydrogen, silicon, and oxygen in it. During the early days of baby powder production, asbestos was added in until 1973. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that is directly linked to lung cancer.

The Baby Powder link to Ovarian Cancer

Many women used the baby powder as a feminine care product to reduce genital moisture and chafing between the legs. Placing the baby powder in this region of the body allowed some of it to get absorbed up into the vagina and the ovaries were it can become embedded in the cells. It was the discovery of the talc in ovarian tumors that led to the conclusion that the powder can cause ovarian cancer.

Scientific Studies

The scientific studies remain inconclusive at this point in time, but some studies have shown that animals being exposed to a large amount of talc over an extended period of time will develop tumors. There have also been studies using humans that also suggest a link between the use of talc and ovarian cancer. Many of the human studies suggest that there is at least a slight connection between talc use and cancer.

The Note

In the fall of 2016, a woman was awarded $70 million dollars after a note from a Johnson & Johnson official was made public. The note advised that denying the connection between using talc and ovarian cancer was similar to the tobacco industry’s denial that smoking cigarettes could lead to lung cancer and that the denials would eventually hurt the company. This, at the very least, implies that Johnson & Johnson officials were aware that there is a connection between talc usage and cancer and the officials are denying the connection so they can protect the company from the lawsuits.

While the studies as a whole have not definitely linked Johnson baby powder cancer link to ovarian cancer, there is a growing amount of evidence suggesting the link between the two is real and valid. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you used Johnson & Johnson baby powder to absorb genital moisture and eliminate chafing, you need to call us right away so can review your case and determine a course of legal action.