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HISTORY OF TALCUM POWDER’S LINK TO CANCER




  • 1930s – First records of the harmful effects of talc on human tissue
  • 1971 – Researchers discover talc particles on 75 percent of ovarian tumors they examined
  • 1973 – FDA requires talcum powders to be asbestos-free by law
  • 1980s – Reports show that accidental inhalation of baby powder by infants can lead to serious illness or death
  • 1992 – Researchers determine that regular application of talcum powder to a female’s genital area increases the likelihood of developing ovarian cancer
  • 1993 – The National Toxicology Program reports that cosmetic talc could cause tumors in animals
  • 2003 – Anticancer Research journal published a large scale review of various reviews, stating that there was a 33 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer with long-term use of talcum powder products
  • 2013 – Deanne Berg won the suit against Johnson & Johnson after it failed to warn consumers of the risk of developing ovarian cancer due to its talcum powder products
  • 2016 – A jury in City of St. Louis, Mo., Circuit Court found Johnson & Johnson liable for the development of Plaintiff Jacqueline Fox’s ovarian cancer and awarded her family a verdict of $72 million. Ms. Fox passed away from her cancer in October 2015. The verdict includes $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.
  • 2016 - A study conducted by epidemiologist Joellen Schildkraut at the University of Virginia found that African American women who regularly used genital powder had more than a 40 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Schildkraut acknowledges baby powder sellers target African American women who use talcum powder “more commonly.” A 2015 Los Angeles case-control study confirms this. It found 44 percent of African American women said they used talcum powder versus 30 percent of white women.