Traditionally, baby powder has been a staple in many women’s personal hygiene routines. In fact, women have been using baby powder as a feminine hygiene product for decades. However, it wasn’t until recently that scientists discovered a possible link between baby powder and ovarian cancer. The cancer-causing ingredient? Talc. In its natural form, talc may contain asbestos – a well-known carcinogen.
Talcum powder or baby powder as it is more commonly referred to is made from talc. Talc is a mineral that is made up of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen.
Ovarian cancer and talcum powder
In 2013, a journal from Cancer Prevention Research showed that women have a 20-30 percent greater risk of developing ovarian cancer when using a product with talcum powder around their groin area.
Research indicates that talcum powder usage can cause inflammation and increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women. When used by women as a part of their hygiene routine, talcum powder particles can travel through the vagina into the uterus and fallopian tubes, ending up in the ovaries.
Many women used talcum powder to absorb moisture and cut down on friction that can cause unpleasant chaffing. Women were unknowingly using the powder near their genitals unaware of the potentially dire consequences.
Talcum powder and minorities
Johnson & Johnson considered increasing its marketing efforts to Hispanic women long after they had acknowledged health concerns. Those efforts came about even though Hispanic women were already purchasing the product in high numbers. In fact, Johnson’s baby powder has a high usage rate among Hispanic at 37.6 percent.
However, targeting minorities did not stop there, Johnson & Johnson shifted their approach, targeting African American women and overweight women. They went as far as dropping off as many as 100,000 sample bags at churches and beauty salons in predominately Hispanic and Black communities. Black women may make up to 60 percent of baby powder users.
The company marketed its product as something that will help its consumers stay fresh and dry while avoiding chaffing.
Ditch the Talcum Powder
As a way of preventing the possibility of being harmed by potential asbestos-containing talcum powder, there are a few ingredients that you can use to make a homemade hygiene powder to replace commercial powder hygiene products:
- Cornstarch: Found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store, cornstarch is a great natural alternative to talc. The consistency is exactly the same, so it too will help rid you of any moisture. Cornstarch is derived from the endosperm of a corn kernel and is often used to help thicken sauces.
- Arrowroot starch or tapioca starch: Both of these starches are all-natural alternatives to talc. Arrowroot is derived from several tropical South American plants. Tapioca starch is derived from the crushed-up pulp of the South American cassava plant, a woody shrub.
- Baking soda: You thought that useful sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda, only had 100 uses. Well, there just so happens to be one more: This common pantry item can be used in place of baby powder. Some people even use it as deodorant, applying some to their underarms each morning.
Commercial Alternatives to Talcum Powder
Making homemade products is time-consuming. But if kicking your talcum powder to the curb is on your to-do list, consider some other commercial alternatives:
Chub Rub Formula by Zone Naturals
If chaffing is your problem, the Chub Rub stick may just be your answer! Talc-free, of course, can be applied between the thighs or anywhere else chaffing may occur safely. This product is made from organic coconut oil and helps skin glide easier.
Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder
This dusting powder is made with corn starch and kaolin. This powder will absorb moisture and keep you dry, all while fresh-scented! This product is safe for all-over use and has jasmine and vetiver scents.
Farmaesthetics – High Cotton Body Dust
High Cotton Body Dust is an herbal dusting powder that can be used to absorb extra moisture without drying the scan. This powder is made from arrowroot and cornstarch. This product can be used for dusting feet and other places of the body. It is gentle enough to be used on babies.
Ora’s Amazing Herbal Body Powder
This body powder is scent-free, talc-free, and grain-free! This powder is made with a base of kaolin clay powder, which is a light-colored clay that is found in the soil of humid climates. This product is naturally deodorizing and is safe for use on the body.
Gold Bond Ultimate Body Powder
Comfort body powder provides odor protection, comfort, and soothing relief. This product contains aloe and chamomile to keep consumers fresh and order free daily! This product contains cornstarch and can be applied directly to undergarments.
Talcum powder lawsuits
Thousands of consumers have filed talcum powder lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson. These lawsuits showcase the pharmaceutical company’s failure to adequately warn women of the potential risk of developing ovarian cancer for the use of its popular baby powder.
Although filing a claim with not turn back time, a claim could help alleviate the stress from the piling medical bill and other expenses victims are faced with. Compensation for talcum powder lawsuits includes pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and funeral expenses in the case of a loved one’s death and more.
If using talcum powder caused you harm, the company that made the product should be held accountable. These manufactures ignorantly put their profits about their consumer’s safety and will only continue to try to protect those profits.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you or someone you know have developed a serious illness after using a product with talc or talcum powder, it may be in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The Carlson Law Firm has experience with these types of cases and may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. We have a team of compassionate attorneys, on-staff nurses and private investigators ready to heavily invest in your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We care, we can help.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We serve clients nationwide.