Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been encouraging women to use their talcum powder for genital dusting since the 1980s. “Just a sprinkle a day keeps odor away,” is the slogan they have been using in their advertising campaigns, obviously invoking negative connotations about the cleanliness of female genitals. What’s worse is that studies dating as far back as 1971 have shown a potential link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
J&J uses talcum powder in their products, particularly J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. At a 1982 meeting with Dr. Daniel Cramer, an epidemiologist at Birgham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, J&J executives became aware of the potential link between ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder. Dr. Cramer had published a statistically supported study that same year, in the journal “Cancer,” on the use of talc and ovarian cancer.
A number of studies have been published since Dr. Cramer’s, connecting the use of talc on the genital region with ovarian cancer. The following developments also took place after Dr. Cramer’s study was published:
Despite all these developments and cases against J&J, the company has continued to unwaveringly deny any link between the use of talc and ovarian cancer. J&J also refused to pull their talc-based products from the market.
Toxicologist Alfred P. Wehner, an internal consultant for J&J, wrote two letters to the company officials in 1997. He attacked the company’s stance on the issue stating, “Anyone who denies this, risks that the talc industry will be perceived by the public like it perceives the cigarette industry: denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”
Wehner also stated in the letters that J&J needs to stop putting pride and profit over people and needed to start heeding his advice. He emphasized the fact that J&J must admit the truth about the link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer, and they needed to do it without delay.
A cancer diagnosis signals a difficult road for both the patients and their families. J&J needs to honor the trust these women have shown in them and put the best interests of the people over their own pride and profits, by taking action immediately.
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