baby talcum powderApplication of baby talcum powder to the genital area and underwear increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%.

In 1971, an association between talc and ovarian cancer was first made. In 1982, the first large scale study on women by Dr. Daniel Cramer et al in the journal Cancer, found a 92% increased risk in ovarian cancer in women who used genital talc. Dr. Cramer has been a tireless advocate to mandate that Johnson and Johnson (the primary distributor of talc used for humans) to label the product with health warnings. There have been 22 additional studies showing a link between talc usage and ovarian cancer. Since 1993, The US National Toxicology Program found clear evidence of carcinogenic activity of talc. In 2003, a meta-analysis of 16 talcum powder studies found that application of talc to the genial area increased the incidence of ovarian cancer by 33 %. Despite the discrepancy between Dr. Cramer’s research and the meta-analysis, there is still a statistically significant incidence of ovarian cancer in talcum users.

There has been a jury award of $55 million to Gloria Ristesund of Sioux Falls SD, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after 40 years of talcum usage. Talc was found in her ovarian tissue.

Another patient Jacqueline Fox of Birmingham AL used J & J talc for 35 years, and died of ovarian cancer last year. Her family was awarded $72 million.

J&J is facing now 1,200 lawsuits in Missouri and New Jersey, charging it with fraud, negligence, conspiracy, and failing to warn consumers about the cancer risks. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-bodine/behind-the-55-million-ver_b_9833366.html.