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History Of Talcum Powder | Talcum Powder Warnings

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is receiving a huge influx of calls on a daily basis from women or family members asking questions about the link between Talcum Powder and ovarian cancer. They cannot believe that they were never warned of the dangers. Many have lost a loved on to this dreaded disease. They watched their mother use this product daily to “dust off.” The Talcum Powder lawsuit Helpline continues to offer information we feel would be of interest to our followers. The long history of Talcum powder was of interest to us and we researched it to get a prospective on the ovarian cancer link. It has been around a long time. We find this overview and timeline online and are sharing it with you.

What Is The History Of Talcum Powder?
Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder has been around for more than a century. It was developed by the pharmaceutical company in 1983. It has been  used by generations of families to prevent diaper rash and other minor skin irritations.  The label on the original tin can that stated the powder was “For Toilet and Nursery.”  J&J enjoyed a reputation as “the Baby Company.” Its Baby Powder  was considered one of the most familiar and trusted brands in the world. Johnson & Johnson began marketing its talcum powder products to women, as a way to stay fresh and prevent vaginal odors.  This is now  been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

The following is a timeline of of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products.

 

Talcum Powder Timeline
1890s – J&J’s director of scientific affairs, Frederick Kilmer, sends small containers of Italian talc to patients who suffered skin irritations after using medicated plasters, to help relieve the irritation.

1893 – Johnson’s Baby Powder is introduced. At first, it is distributed to midwives and mothers following childbirth. Soon, it becomes so popular that J&J begins selling it in drugstores.

1913 – J&J begins using the tagline “Best for the Baby – Best for You” in advertising material, marketing its baby powder and other products to adults.

1960s – The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against the use of talc-based baby powders, due to the risk of aspiration.

1961 – The medical journal Fertility and Sterility publishes research indicating that carbon particles similar to those found in talc may migrate to the ovaries in women who use talcum powder on their genital area.

1970s – Johnson & Johnson begins marketing its baby powder and other products to families, encouraging so-called “family usage.”

1970s – The chemical similarity between talc and asbestos provides the basis for concerns about the potential for perineal talcum powder use to cause ovarian cancer in women.

1971 – British researchers analyze 13 ovarian tumors and find particles of talc deeply embedded in 10 of them.

1980s – Johnson & Johnson earns a reputation for making baby products that are “exceptionally pure and safe.” The Johnson’s Baby brand becomes popular among adults due to the perception that “baby products are milder than others.”

1982 – The first study linking perineal use of talcum powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women is published by researchers from Harvard, who find that using talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 92%.

1985 – At this time, 70% of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder in the United States is used by adults.

2006 – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies talc as “possibly carcinogenic (cancer causing) to humans.”

2013 – The first woman to file a talcum powder lawsuit against J&J turns down a $1.3 million settlement in favor of taking her case to trial and raising awareness about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

June 2013 – Cancer Prevention Research publishes a study indicating that women who use talc-based powders on their genital area may face a 20% to 30% higher risk of ovarian cancer.

October 2014 – Research published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health warns that talcum powder may cause mesothelioma side effects in women.

May 2015 – A jury in Los Angeles orders Colgate-Palmolive to pay $12.4 million in a lawsuit filed over mesothelioma side effects allegedly caused by exposure to the company’s asbestos-containing talcum powder.

February 2016 – A St. Louis jury orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based body powders.

April 2016 – A Bloomberg Businessweek report indicates that J&J knew as early as 1971 about the potential for talc-based baby powders to cause ovarian cancer in women, yet continued to encourage women to use its talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product.

May 2016 – A woman who developed ovarian cancer after using J&J talcum powder for several decades is awarded $55 million in damages by a jury in the same St. Louis courthouse.

May 2016 – Internal memos indicate that J&J may have manipulated research and lied to the public about the dangers of talcum powder.

May 2016 – A study published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention finds that the risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder may be higher among African-American women.

June 2016 – A New York Times report reveals that the company that supplied J&J with talc for its baby powder and body powder products warned as early as 2006, that talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women, but this warning never made it to the talcum powder label.

Talcum powder products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower To Shower have been around for over a century. When did Johnson and Johnson know that their products could cause ovarian cancer. Why did they let you use it for years. But, even more importantly, how dare they market it for use “down there” when they knw it could cause ovarian cancer.

If you or a family member used these products for years to keep dry, you must join other families and woman who are filing Talcum Powder ovarian cancer lawsuits. This product must be removed from the shelves or a clear warning be put on it.

 

 

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.