Internal company memos that have emerged in talcum powder lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson indicate company executives have been engaged in a four-decade coverup of talcum powder ovarian dangers since 1970. During the 1970s, repeated tests revealed asbestos in the raw talc Johnson & Johnson received from companies such as Imerys Talc America, and numerous studies detected an increase in ovarian cancer rates in women using talcum powder for routine feminine hygiene. Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Cramer estimates that 10,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer from talcum powder each year. Read on to learn the facts about talcum powder ovarian cancer that J&J has sought to conceal for decades.
Talc is a naturally-occurring mineral that is mined from deposits across the globe for use in a variety of cosmetic, industrial, and household applications. It is the key ingredient in Johnson & Johnson body freshening and deodorizing products such as Shower to Shower and Baby Powder.
Experts suggest that perineal talcum powder dusting permits talc particles to enter the feminine reproductive system and travel to the ovaries. Because they can remain intact for decades, talc particles are thought to cause inflammation in the ovaries, making the growth of cancer more likely.
The first indication that using talcum powder for feminine hygiene could cause ovarian cancer was found in 1971. Analysis of ovarian cancer tissues at that time revealed the presence of talc particles. Since that early discovery, numerous researchers have examined ovarian cancer rates in women and found a link to talcum powder use.
The following are among the landmark studies indicating that the routine use of talc-based products for perineal dusting increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer:
In light of these studies, numerous consumer advocacy groups and citizen petitions have demanded federal regulators issue a talcum powder cancer warning, yet no such warning exists.. Today we know that Johnson & Johnson was part of a strong lobby working to prevent the regulation of cosmetic talc. For example, when federal regulators requested test results of raw talc to determine allowable levels of asbestos, Johnson & Johnson selectively submitted test results that found no asbestos--and omitted several other test results that detected asbestos in raw talc supplies. A clear paper trail reveals company executives to have been engaged in a decades-long effort to prevent talcum powder cancer research from reaching the public. The company continues to this day to insist talcum powder cancer is a hoax, meanwhile facing more than 12,000 pending talcum powder lawsuits.
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