Women’s Voices: Outcry For The Unethical Defense Of Talc

Written by on May 20, 2017 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments

By Elizabeth Conway | Women’s Voices

Why women are holding companies accountable and demanding further study into this toxic ingredient.

There’s a lot of talc talk floating around the internet these days. Most notably, stemming from the numerous lawsuits filed against multinational company, Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuits allege that long-term talc use (particularly when used for feminine hygiene) leads to ovarian cancer. Recently, Johnson & Johnson has begun losing those lawsuits, resulting in multi-million dollar judgments against the company.

Health concerns about talc first arose back in 1971 when British researchers found talc particles deeply embedded in ovarian tumors. Since then there have been numerous studies published that have linked talc use to increased risk of ovarian cancer, alongside a few studies which have found no such increased risk. From the start, however, many major cosmetic companies, chose to put their energy into defending the use of talc, and raising doubts about new evidence, rather than taking a precautionary approach of warning their customers of the potential risks and seeking out a safer alternative.Over the years they have continued defending the use of talc, denying any risks, despite the ever increasing evidence of its potential harm.

History will be the judge, but we believe they have chosen unwisely. There is certainly more research that can and should be done to understand the links between talc use and cancer. (In fact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration thinks so too – and has recently funded new research on the topic.) But in the meantime, there is plenty of evidence to validate concerns about the potential harms of talc. And given that there are safer alternatives (such as products made with corn starch or forgoing feminine powders all together) we highly recommend staying on the safe side and avoiding talc-containing products until we know more.


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