Talcum powder has been marketed by companies for years for feminine hygiene use with claims that the product keeps odor away. However, studies have linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer. It has long been suspected that the product’s manufacturers knew of the risk and failed to warn consumers.
Corn starch has been widely substituted for talc as an absorbent in baby powder and feminine hygiene products. The American Cancer Society advised in 1999 that women use cornstarch-based products in the genital area. In spite of this, many companies are still offering products that include talc.
Recently a jury in St. Louis, Missouri has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer last year. She had used the company’s baby powder and other talc-based products for years. The family’s lawyers urged jurors to find that Johnson & Johnson officials had hidden its talc products’ health risks.
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