Many people use Baby powder or talc-based powders every day, either after a bath or shower on themselves or their babies to comfort a sore bottom. What if I told you that using baby powder on a regular basis increased your risk of developing ovarian cancer.
For years, Johnson and Johnson have said the same thing that their product is safe for women and children. This seems not to be the case as of recent. The classic powder has shown in studies, to increase the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%! The warning label on the product only says to keep away from eyes and to avoid inhalation.
“As many as 10,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year as a result of baby powder use,” says Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Cramer.
There are studies dating back as far as 1982, the findings of the study even in 1982 state that women who used the powder were up to 300 times more likely to develop cancer. “In an August 12, 1982, New York Times article entitled ‘Talcum Company Calls Study on Cancer Link Inconclusive,’ Johnson and Johnson admitted being aware of the 1982 Cramer study that concluded women were three times more likely to contract ovarian cancer after daily use of talcum powder in the genital area.”
Talc particles may remain in the ovaries for many years, causing inflammation and creating an environment conducive to the growth of cancer cells.
So if the company knew that the product was harmful, why were they knowingly letting people use it every single day without so much as a warning label? For the money, of course, just like any other large corporation. Hopefully, the recent lawsuits will teach Johnson and Johnson a lesson, and will serve as a warning for women purchasing the product until it is safely taken off the shelves for good! If you still want to use the product, try the cornstarch-based baby powder.