Reported by The Guardian, Johnson’s using talc that contains asbestos as the main ingredient of powder. Abestos is a fine mineral commonly used in shipbuilding and railroad processes. Fire and heat resistant, this carcinogenic substance is said to have the potential to cause lung cancer if inhaled for a long time.
Although intended for babies, in practice many adult women sprinkle Johnson’s powder on their intimate organs to provide comfort and eliminate itching. This brings concern.
Is it true that Johnson’s Baby Powder has the potential to cause ovarian cancer?
Until now, the controversy is still rolling.
Consumer Safety mentioned that in 1971, talc particles were found in Johnson’s consumer tumors. In 75 percent of the tumor cases studied, all were contaminated with talc mineral.
This particle is thought to be strongly derived from Johnson’s powder that has been used for years. Since then, many researchers have concluded that Johnson’s powder has indeed increased the risk of women getting ovarian cancer.
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2008 states talc powder applied to the genital area has the potential to cause cancer.
Likewise, the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2010 study conducted on 66 thousand women and Cancer Prevention Research 2014 involving 18.3 thousand women.
Health organizations The European Union (EU) also prohibits the use of talc in body care products. The U.S. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compactly stated that talc is harmful to health.
Although there are many studies that prove the relevance of Johnson’s powder production with ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson himself strongly denied these allegations.
Johnson’s safe claim is reinforced by Cancer Research UK which states that talc has nothing to do with cancer cells. “Johnson & Johnson remains confident that the product does not contain asbestos and does not cause ovarian cancer,” said Mark Lanier, Johnson & Johnson lawyer, as quoted by The Washington Post.