- Kids Health
Baby Powder Cancer
What's in Baby Powder?
Talc is a wonderful absorptive substance that is most often found in powder form. It has helped many rashes resolve or be prevented from the start. However, over the last few years, talcum powder has become more of a topic of controversy.
-James Goetz (New Jersey)
Is it Really Safe?
In February of 2016, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay a family $72 million (seventy two million dollars) in damages after it was determined their talcum powder was the cause of fatal ovarian cancer. Despite the ruling, Johnson and Johnson still says all of its products are safe.
What's Your Choice?
Do You Use Baby Powder with Talc?
There are a few studies linking talcum powder and cancer but other scientists refuse to acknowledge this link. Even the American Cancer Society acknowledged on their website, "Studies of personal use of talcum powder have had mixed results, although there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk". the World Health Organization goes on to say, "applying talc to the genital area could be potential carcinogenic to humans".
Don't Be A Statstic
The American Cancer Society suggests corn starch based powders as an alternative to talcum powder. Based on experience, bentonite clay based powders have shown extraordinary results as well. Corn starch products most likely are genetically modified (GMO) sourced and research on the long term safety is still pending.
With any product, always read the ingredients list and always be sure to consult your physician to answer any questions you may have about matters on products affecting your health.