Over an hundred years ago Johnson & Johnson began selling Baby Powder. From many decades woman uses talcum powder for feminine hygiene. They dust talcum powder on undergarments and sanitary pads to keep the genital area cool and comfortable and discourage the development of vaginal odor. Talcum powder is made from talc, which is able to absorb odors and moisture. It’s consisted of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen and is mined, usually from deposits above ground. The company produced Baby Powder In 1894 which was made of 99.8 percent talc and sold in a metal tin labeled for toilet and nursery use. Several investigations on talc increase the medical evidence which suggest Women should not use talcum powder as an intimate hygiene powder because of its link to ovarian cancer.
Women throughout the United States may have developed ovarian cancer from talcum powder side effects. In recent years many women have come forward, having used talcum powder in genital area for decades and later on diagnosed with talcum powder ovarian cancer. Recently a women from Louisiana Mrs. Shintelle Joseph filed lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. In her lawsuit she alleges that the manufacturers marketed its heritage body powder as safe and effective for odor and moisture control and failed to warn users of the increased risk of ovarian cancer caused by using talc-based products for personal hygiene use. The lawsuit of Shintelle is a class action lawsuit which was filed under the Case No. 3:16-cv-00590 on September 7th in the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.
According to the plaintiff the defendants were aware of almost 40 years of independent scientific studies which linked the use of their products to higher risk of ovarian cancer when the talc was applied in the genital area but the manufacturers have continued to design, manufacture, sell, market, advertise, and supply the products so as to maximize sales and profits at the expense of public health and safety. As per the study done by Dr. Daniel Cramer in 1982, 92 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer amongst women who used body powder in their genital area. It was the first epidemiological study of its kind on talcum powder use on female genital area, has since been augmented by some 22 additional studies focused on the same issue. Several numbers of studies concludes that there is an association between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
Cancer is hard to study because it develops over a long period of time and is effected by many factors, including genes, behaviors and environmental conditions. Talcum powder is an astringent powder used for preventing diaper rash, as a deodorant, and for other cosmetic uses. Talc particles easily made their way into the vagina and were able to travel deeper into the reproductive organs where women may face an increased risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder. Johnson & Johnson faces several lawsuits related to their life threatening medical products. According to several talcum powder lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson knew of the health risks associated with powders containing talc and failed to warn consumers of the danger.