Baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson has been the subject of various lawsuits, and there are also two pending class-action cases in Canada.
The allegations are that the product causes ovarian cancer in thousands of women who have been using the product for their feminine hygiene.
There are some suits in the U.S. that have already resulted in juries awarding massive amounts in compensation.
Studies on talcum powder’s potential link to gynecological cancer have also provided contrary conclusions leaving people to wonder whether the baby powder is safe or not in the end.
“The evidence that we have is mixed and has to be taken with a little bit of skepticism,” said Dr. James Bentley, a gynecological oncologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
There are indeed some studies that have found what appears to be a link, but there are also others that have seen no association.
Besides this, there’s also the issue of the way talc molecules interact with the body, which researchers don’t have a good handle on, said Bentley.
“This is chronic irritation of the ovary, and we do know that chronic irritation is associated with some carcinomas,” he said. “Do we have perfect evidence for that? The literature goes back and forth on this all the time.”
It’s best to avoid using baby-powder as a measure of feminine hygiene
Dr. Daniel Cramer is a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and he was the first to raise attention on the issue using a 1982 study that highlighted a clear link between long-term talc use on the genitals and the development of ovarian cancer.
“I’m persuaded by the evidence that talc used in the genital area will reach the ovaries and lymph nodes, and it creates an inflammatory environment that could contribute to the development of cancer,” Cramer said.
He went on and explained that “I’ve always felt the data was sufficient to warn women about using talc in their feminine hygiene.”
Baby powder is made from talc which is a mined mineral that includes three primary ingredients: magnesium, silicon, and oxygen.
Talc can also be naturally contaminated with asbestos, which is known to cause the deadly cancer mesothelioma.
The issue is still debated, but it’s recommended to avoid using talc in order to eliminate the risks.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.