LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As Johnson & Johnson's flagship product, talcum powder has become an integral part of the personal care culture in the United States. Yet many consumers are unaware of talcum powder's dark history, and the potential risk of ovarian cancer it poses to the women using it daily.
MedTruth has created a one-minute video to summarize the potential risks, research and litigation surrounding talcum powder and cancer, in addition to a petition demanding Johnson & Johnson add warning labels to their talcum powder products.
Johnson & Johnson faces more than 14,000 claims that its baby powder causes cancer. Following media reports of internal documents indicating company knowledge of the dangers of their powder, thousands of plaintiffs now accuse J&J of knowing about the potential cancer risks.
The short video, "Take Action: Talcum Powder Cancer Warnings | #TruthonTalc" concisely outlines the major developments surrounding this decades-old secret. In 1971, British researchers found talcum particles "deeply embedded" in 10 of 13 ovarian tumors. In 1982, the link between long-term talcum powder use and ovarian cancer was statistically proven and published in the medical journal, Cancer.
Since then, multiple studies have identified an association between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The research has emerged from organizations and publications like Obstetrics & Gynecology, The National Toxicology Program, Jersey Journal, American Journal of Epidemiology and Health Canada.
In a 2018 study titled "Perineal Talc Use and Ovarian Cancer," results indicate that perineal talc use is associated with a 24-39% increased risk of ovarian cancer.
"The confirmation of an association in cohort studies between perineal talc use and serous invasive ovarian cancer is suggestive of a causal association," according to the study authors.
"The research is there, but the findings haven't been considered significant. More recently, stronger research has indicated a causal relationship," said Ashley Lombardo, managing editor at MedTruth, who has been reporting on talcum powder risks since 2016. "Let the consumer decide."
MedTruth is calling on health organizations and consumer advocates to sign and circulate the petition. Please email [email protected] to get involved.