For generations, millions of people all over the world have been using talcum powder, putting it on babies during diaper change. Even many adults are known to apply the powder to their ambits and private areas for rashes or heat.
It has now been revealed that this same talcum powder causes cancer!
More than 1,000 women are now suing Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the product. They attribute their cancer diagnoses to its talcum powder.
Only recently, a U.S. jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who had used talcum powder for years and now has ovarian cancer.
According to information, scientists have been publishing various studies on the risk of talcum powder for years, requesting the company to warn its customers about related major safety issue.
It is said that talcum powder, when applied in the genital region, manages to work its way up through the vagina, the cervix, the uterus, the fallopian tubes and into the ovaries.
Medical doctors have identified talc particles inside cancerous ovarian tissue. Talc has also been found in pelvic lymph nodes, indicating that it made it all the way out of the fallopian tubes and into the abdominal space.
Now, the company will have to pay a combined $127 million in damages awarded in two cases this year.
A gynaecologist Dr. Daniel Cramer has testified that more 10,000 women a year are developing ovarian cancer due to their use of talcum powder.
Johnson & Johnson is now being compared to the tobacco companies that knew about research linking smoking to lung cancer but kept this information from the public and fought off attempts to regulate their product.