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Talcum Powder Dangerous and They Never Told You

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues to keep woman updated on the news regarding the link between Talcum Powder products and ovarian cancer. We continue to be amazed and horrified as we learn again and again THEY KNEW and never told us about this link. Didn’t anyone tell them that ovarian cancer can be fatal and destroy lives. We can lose our mothers, grandmothers, wives, daughters, friends and women we love and care about from this fatal disease.

We found this article online written by a dermatologist and would like to share it with our readers. We will be commenting as well.

Why we should all be more careful when sprinkling the talcum powder
by MiriamStoppard
Studies have linked talc to ovarian cancer, especially if used in the genital area, and it can also act as an irritant. It may feel soft and soothing but there are health risks to talc. As a dermatologist, I’ve never been keen on talcum powder. It can accumulate in skin creases and irritate, and its particles can act as an abrasive.

I’m even less happy using talcum powder on babies whose delicate skin is much more vulnerable to damage.

There was a scare a few decades back which linked talcum powder granules to bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease .

In 1991, Welsh scientists also ­discovered particles of talc embedded in ovarian and cervical cancers.

A report out earlier this year linked the use of talc on genitals with a 44% increase in invasive ovarian cancer among African American women.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2006 also classified talcum powder as a possible human carcinogen if used in the female genital area.

But cancer is difficult to understand because it develops over a long period and can be influenced by several factors, including lifestyle, genes and environment. Talc is a natural clay mineral composed of magnesium and silicon.
Researchers have found links to ovarian cancer
Because of its softness it’s often used in cosmetic products, such as blusher, because it prevents caking and absorbs excess moisture.

It’s also added into some tablets and chewing gum. Talc residues are often found near asbestos , a known carcinogen which means manufacturers have to take strong measures to avoid contamination when it is mined.

Some women like to use the powder on their inner thighs to prevent chafing, while others sprinkle it on their underwear to stay fresh.

But in 1982, Harvard professor Dr Daniel W Cramer and his colleagues compared 215 women with ovarian cancer and 215 healthy women who served as a control group.

Women who used talcum powder were at nearly twice the risk of having ovarian cancer than non-users. Those who used it regularly on their genitals and sanitary pads were at more than three times the risk.

Why talc use might lead to cancer is not clear. Studies have shown that talc crystals can move up the genitourinary tract into the peritoneal cavity, where the ovaries are.

And because talc ­particles can set off inflammation, and inflammation plays an important role in the development of ovarian cancer – and any other cancer – could be a likely mechanism.

Now baby powder carries a warning to keep out of reach of children. And pediatricians, as well as dermatologists, discourage its use on babies, who can become ill or die after breathing in the particles.

You have been warned.

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline suggests. Cornstarch can serve the same purpose and is alot less dangerous. We continue to get calls on a daily basis from women horrified by the news of the dangers of Talcum Powder. Many have lost a loved one to ovarian cancer. Many remember having had the powder sprinkled on them as babies and have used it on their babies. The woman of America are stunned at how this household name is now a danger to their lives. If you believe your diagnosis of ovarian cancer or you have lost a loved one to this disease and it is related to daily use of Talcum Powder products we encourage you to join other woman and families in the Talcum Powder Lawsuit.

Ovarian Cancer? Is Talcum Powder The New Culprit?

Cervical, Ovarian, Uterine, Vaginal, Vulvar cancer are various types of gynecological cancers women must be made aware of. You must understand your risk factors and the various products on the market that can potentially cause these types of cancer. These cannot be ignored nor can the potential risk of your having used talcum powder for years.
Recently Johnson and Johnson paid  72 million dollars  to a woman’s family after she passed away from ovarian cancer. The jury accepted the claim that the  woman’s use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene caused for her ovarian cancer and  eventual death. There are no warning  labels on Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower that their  these products may be harmful to women if used this way.
This is not a new idea but women have been shocked and are frightened now. If you feel ashamed talking about your private parts then realize these manufacturers used your fear of not smelling fresh to sell this product and  never told you about the ovarian cancer risk.  It has been reported that over 98,000 women have been  diagnosed with gynecologic cancers last year. Many of these were due to ovarian cancer and we do not know how many of them used the “stay dry” talcum powder marketed to them.

Do you still use talcum powder for personal hygiene?  How many other products do you use that you have no clue may harm you? The manufacturers certainly did not fess up and you obviously cannot trust them to tell you.
After the Johnson and Johnson fiasco I realized how many dangerous drugs and devices that are massive lawsuits have targeted women. We speak to women every day about the potential risk of using talcum powder and people who have lost a loved one to ovarian cancer and now realize their mother, sister grandmother, wife or loved one used these products right where the particles can travel to the ovaries.

The more I  speak with callers about their ovarian cancer and their use of talcum powder products the more I realize how careful we must be and how glad I am my mother pushed old fashioned corn starch. It was also alot cheaper in those days. But, J & J found a great market to go after. The black and Hispanic women who wanted to fit into a white society and smell clean and nice became the ultimate target.  They knew  that choosing their product, if marketed correctly, had very little to do with awareness of cancer  health, and  totally due to  fear of not smelling like a pretty white princess  all day and  every day.

Black woman often  used talcum powder  for her  their entire adult life. These products seemed safe, after all, mothers used talcum powder on their babies, right? Using Talcum Powder products were a part of being in with the other girls. Yet, as far back as 2005 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center did a study  about these products. Another study   was published in 1997. The studies suggested  there might  be a connection between talcum powder use  and ovarian cancer.
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Is there is a  connection between feminine hygiene powders and ovarian cancer? It seems that biopsies are finding talc particles in the ovaries and these particles may have been there for years. It has been noted that the constant irritation can lead to cancer producing cells. The news is out now. The Johnson and Johnson lawsuit has awakened women  across the  country. They are calling us everyday and the families that lost them to ovarian cancer are calling as well. Do you believe your ovarian cancer diagnosis is from your use of Talcum Powder? Did you lose a loved one to ovarian cancer? Did she use talcum powder daily to keep dry? Do you want to join others in the Talcum Powder lawsuit and send a message to get those bad products off the shelves? Call the Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline..

Taxotere Hair Loss Lawyers | Taxotere Helpline Announced

In continuing to maintain it’s role in helping women injured by dangerous drugs, devices and consumer products the Helpline ” Pink Sites” has launched a Taxotere Helpline and outreach campaign to locate all women effected by permanent hair loss after using Taxotere.

Taxotere Lawyers Filing  Hair Loss Lawsuits

In a recent Taxotere lawsuit a  woman  alleged that her use of breast cancer drug Taxotere (docetaxel) resulted in permanent alopecia, or a total failure of her hair to regrow. Sanofi-Aventis has  failed to warn patients that they may not experience hair regrowth after stopping Taxotere.

 

Taxotere Lawsuits Mount Up
In December of 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly announced  numerous adverse incident  reports related to Taxotere and permanent alopecia in breast cancer chemotherapy patients.

If these  filings continue  Taxotere cases may be  consolidated in federal multidistrict litigation (MDL)

 

Talcum Powder Lawyer Want Talcum Powder Off Shelves, Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline Agrees

Since the 72 million settlement for ovarian cancer from talcum powder hit the news Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline  has been inundated with calls from women requesting information on how to join the Talcum Powder – Ovarian Cancer lawsuits. They all claim they used baby powder and talcum powder products for years  as part of a keep dry “down there” routine and now they have  a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

An Attorney Wants J&J’s Talcum Powder off Store Shelves and  So Do The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline Lawyers and Helpline Social Worker . According to the helpline “The manufacturers kept the dangers a secret. Women are a constant target for dollars.”
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According to a recent Talcum Powder- Ovarian Cancer  article:

In the wake of two multi-million dollar jury verdicts, Johnson & Johnson faces another wave of lawsuits filed by women and surviving members of families who claim the company’s talcum powder caused ovarian cancer. Plaintiff’s attorneys want the drug giant to pull its iconic baby powder and other talcum products from the market.

Two juries recently found J&J liable for hiding the risk of ovarian cancer linked to its Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products. The first February verdict awarded Jackie Fox’s estate $72 million after she filed a suit in Missouri claiming talcum powder caused ovarian cancer. She died before the trial was over. Gloria Ristesund filed the ovarian cancer lawsuit that led to a $55 million award early in May.

It is time to step in. Ovarian cancer is deadly and women’s lives are at stake here. Yes, could this cripple Johnson and Johnson’s trillion  dollar industry? Maybe but, are  the lives of our wives, sisters, grandmothers, friends, aunts, and mothers worth the risk?

 

Did Talcum Powder Ads Target Afro American Women?

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is not just a network of Talcum Powder lawyers. We keep you updated on the latest news and articles of interest related to ovarian cancer and the talcum powder lawsuits. We are sharing this article because we feel it is of interest to women.
Johnson and Johnson has been  accused of aggressively marketing  their Baby Powder products to the  to African-American women after  sales to white women dropped off. The most recent $72 million ovarian cancer settlement was awarded to the family of an Afro American woman who used the product for feminine hygiene for decades.

It appears that  Johnson & Johnson has long been aware of the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The lawyer on the recent case  spoke to the  Atlanta Black Star, Onder said, “The evidence is real clear that Johnson & Johnson has known about the dangers associated with talcum powder for over 30 years…instead of giving a warning, what they did was target the groups most at risk for developing ovarian cancer” – in this case, black women.

Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, a professor of African Studies at the University of Texas and contributing writer to Time magazine, points out that “Corporations have long taken advantage of the beauty rituals that African American women love.”  In a recent article, she writes, “Like pressing our hair and lotioning our legs, douching and deodorizing vaginas is something black women teach our daughters and sister-friends teach our friends.” According to research cited by Tinsley, black women employ talcum powder for such purposes twice as much as their white counterparts.

In another article published in a 2011 issue of Advertising and History Review, historian Michelle Ferranti points out that such practices have their origins in racial stereotypes and racist perceptions going back hundreds of years.  Tinsley herself adds,

Johnson & Johnson and other companies are ready to profit from these myths of the excessive black vagina. They’re willing to capitalize on our internalized misogynoir even if we die in the process. For decades, companies, including Johnson & Johnson, continued marketing to encourage black women to spend money on talcum power, which could cause cancer in our reproductive organs even as they promise to ‘freshen’ them. Because buyers were women, they were the advertisers’ targets; because they were women, they were vulnerable to side effects the companies never exposed.
A recent study from the University of Virginia, published in Cancer Epidemiology, now indicates that women who consistently apply talcum powder to their genitalia run a 40% risk of contracting ovarian cancer. Lead researcher Joellen Schildkraut said she was a skeptic until the recent studies were published.  “As you look across all these studies, I would say, why use it? It’s an avoidable risk for ovarian cancer,” she acknowledged.

Apparently Johnson and Johnson continues in it’s marketing campaigns to target women for financial and as the article continues to tell us…..gain Unfortunately, few if any consumers of all ethnic backgrounds have been aware of those risks – and in the case of the African-American community, there is decades of cultural conditioning and expectations passed from one generation to the next. That is something that Johnson & Johnson was all-too-willing to exploit.

Johnson & Johnson is unrepentant, and plans to appeal the most recent ruling. In a statement to the press, J&J spokesperson Carol Goodrich said, “the jury’s decision goes against 30 years of studies by medical experts around the world that continue to support the safety of cosmetic talc.”

If you or a loved one has ovarian cancer and used Talcum powder, Baby Powder or Talc Powder for years contact out Talcum Powder Helpline. Speak to a medical social worker and Talcum Powder lawyer.

 

Talcum Powder – Ovarian Cancer Link Alert

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline  alerts women who didn’t know of the possible link between   Talcum powder product use  on the pelvic area and ovarian cancer. Talcum powder lawyers claim that if talcum powder is used for years the particles can travel to the fallopian tubes and the ovaries. They can stay there for years and cause irritation which eventually can result in cancer cells. Ovarian cancer rates are highest in women aged 55-64 years. This is the exact age group that Talcum powder was marketed to when they were  teenagers and young women.

Johnson & Johnson is now  facing more than 1,000 lawsuits from women claiming they  knew that the talc in its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products was linked to ovarian cancer when used in the genital area. They did not warn anyone of this. Both products were marketed extensively  for feminine hygiene. . A 1988 ad for Shower to Shower said “just a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.” Others told women: “Your body perspires in more places than just under your arms.”

Is Talcum Powder  Johnson and Johnson’s next horror for women?  1000’s of women are still suffering from their vaginal mesh products. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline receives dozens of calls every day from women who feel their ovarian cancer is from use of these Talcum Powder products. Juries have started to award female victims and families who have lost loved ones compensation.

What Are The Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer?

Pain in the pelvis or abdomen
Bloating in the abdomen
Urinary urgency
Urinary frequency
Constipation or diarrhea
Feeling full quickly while eating
Having difficulty eating
Vaginal bleeding or other discharge that is different than normal
Back pain
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.

What Is Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder is made from talc or   hydrated magnesium silicate which occurs naturally as a mineral in formations like soapstone. For over 120 years, Johnson & Johnson has marketed talcum powder around the world as a baby powder and for adults to absorb sweat in products like Shower to Shower.

Johnson and Johnson has  targeted women to increase sales. “Want to feel cool, smooth and dry? It’s as easy as taking powder from a baby,” was the text in a  Johnson & Johnson ad from the 1960s.

In the 1970s, the first studies emerged showing that talc was deeply embedded into ovarian cancers. Johnson & Johnson introduced corn starch alternatives but it continued to offer talc-based products. In 2014 Johnson & Johnson’s annual talcum powder sales were estimated at $374 million.

The Research Is In On Talcum Powder

The World Health Organization reports that talc is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Talc is banned in Europe.

If you believe your diagnosis of ovarian cancer is due to use of Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower To Shower speak to one of our Talcum powder lawyers.

Spread The Word On Talcum Powder Lawsuits and Dangers

Do you know someone who has ovarian cancer. Tell them about the dangers of Talcum powder.