Talcum powder has been linked to causing cancer for years, but it is only now that it has been proven.
The lawsuit was won by Lois Slemp, who rightfully claimed that using talcum powder for 40 years was the direct cause of her ovarian cancer.
She was awarded $110.5 million by a Virginia jury against cosmetic giant Johnson & Johnson, but this case is just one of around 2,000 currently ongoing surrounding the bathroom product and its link to cancer.
The case of Lois Slemp followed the victory of the late Jackie Fox of Alabama, whose family won a $72 million lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson last year, for their claim that the long-term use of their products caused her death by ovarian cancer.
Allen Smith, the attorney of Lois Slemp, in the opening remarks to the jury, said:
“This case is about corporate profit and maintaining a corporate image of human life. That’s what this case is about. And your verdict could prevent potentially hundreds of thousands of women from contracting one of the most deadly forms of cancer.”
“Baby Powder and Shower to Shower contain 3 carcinogens: they contain talc, which is a carcinogen, they contain asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, and they contain heavy metals, which are carcinogens… the defendants [Johnson & Johnson] cannot say today that those products are asbestos-free.”
“The defendants have known about this for 40 years- 4 decades. J & J mines its talc in China. They are known to have impurities in these mines and they do this in an effort to cut costs. Tens of thousands of women have been affected by the genital use of these products and the development of ovarian cancer.”
Hopefully, this case will prevent more deaths from arising for baby powder use and should deter people from using it altogether, however ovarian cancer that Lois had has now spread to her liver.
A witness in this case, as well as the case of the late Jackie Fox, Dr. Daniel Cramer, emphasized the relationship between the long-term use of talcum powder and cancer. He found that the use of talcum powder in the genital area has led to cancer since the 1980’s.
He asked Johnson & Johnson’s to label their products and wrote that he studied this issue for decades, and found that
“For those who use talcum powder on a regular basis, for those women, there was a 30% increased risk for ovarian cancer.”
Hence, make sure you are on the safe side and stay away from known and suspected carcinogens. Instead, you can use the following natural and safe alternatives to relieve irritations, soften the skin, and remove bad body odors:
- Baking soda
- Corn starch
- Natural homemade deodorants
- Talc-free Powders such as Burt’s Bees Dusting Powder