Talcum Powder May Be Linked to Ovarian Cancer?
A Saint Louis jury awarded the family of a Tarrant woman $72 million for her claims that the Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based power caused her ovarian cancer. The Johnson & Johnson is currently facing many lawsuits.
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, mined from the earth, composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. Chemically, talc is a hydrous magnesium silicate with a chemical formula of Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. Talc has many uses in cosmetics and other personal care products; in food, such as rice and chewing gum; and in the manufacture of tablets.
For example, it may be used to absorb moisture, to prevent caking, to make facial makeup opaque, or to improve the feel of a product.
- Source: FDA
Johnson & Johnson Is Ordered to Pay 72 Millions Over Claim that The Baby Powder May Cause Cancer
American Cancer Society
It has been suggested that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary. (read more here)
Last Updated: 2016-03-12