For decades, women have been using talcum powder (one of the main ingredients in Johnson & Johnson's baby powder) for feminine hygiene purposes. This means that women apply the baby powder to their genitals in order to reduce moisture and odor.
Talc is a natural mineral consisting of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. When Talc is used in the vaginal area it travels through the fallopian tubes and causes irritation. When used over a long period of time, studies have shown that the chances of developing ovarian cancer may increase significantly.
Talc Was Marketed For Off-Label Use
Initially, baby powder was not designed to be used for feminine hygiene. However, Johnson & Johnson - one of the leading manufacturers of baby powder and other consumer products - began marketing the product for feminine hygiene use decades ago. Since then, millions of women have used Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum powder on their genitals.
In autopsies conducted on women who have died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's products, experts have discovered talc particles embedded in the women's diseased ovaries. This is just another one of the many signals pointing towards a link between talc powder and ovarian cancer diagnosis.