“Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer”

Only ten percent of the 13,000 chemicals used in cosmetics have been tested for safety. Cosmetics can be brought to market without having to undergo an approval process. Cosmetics are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but they do not require FDA approval. And, cosmetic companies are not required to share whatever safety information with the FDA. Only after a product is deemed harmful, adulterated or misbranded will the FDA take regulatory action. Now, we are being told that talcum powder is causative of ovarian cancer. If so, what is the evidence? A legal firm representing talcum powder victims, Robinson Calcagnie Inc., claims that more than 20 studies have linked the use of talcum powder around the genital area to ovarian cancer. In February of 2016, a jury found Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) talcum powder contributed to a 62-yr old woman’s ovarian cancer and awarded her $72 million for compensatory damages. Another $62 million in punitive damages was awarded to her family members, as she died last fall, succumbing to the disease after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years prior. Then, in May of 2016, another woman was awarded $55 million in damages after talc imbedded in her ovaries was found to have contributed to her cancer. One study goes back to 1971, in which British researchers found talc particles embedded in a majority of the ovarian tumors investigated.

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