Local health experts react to baby powder lawsuit

YUMA, Ariz. – Johnson and Johnson is forced to pay millions of dollars in a lawsuit that accuses the corporation of failing to warn consumers about an ingredient in their baby powder linked to cause ovarian cancer in women.
A judge ruled the product to be responsible for a woman’s death. Now some local residents are boycotting the baby powder.

“Well the awareness is out there. I think it’s a scary thing for us women especially and I think it will be something we won’t consider buying,” Yuma resident Rosy Figueroa said.

Doctor and cancer expert Abhinav Chandra with Yuma Regional Cancer Center says studies link talcum found in baby powder to cancer.

“The International Research Industry of Research and Cancer actually put’s it as a possible depending on the risk factor of which cancer you’re talking about.  If you’re talking about ovarian cancer, that’s where the recent lawsuit was and it’s considered a possible carcinogenic aspect,” said Chandra.

No studies released show the talcum causes cancer in men or babies. Dr. Chandra says the baby powder is a potential danger for women when especially used in a particular way.

“Women who use talcum to apply to the genital areas and there’s a possible for absorption in the Fallopian tubes and being affected into their ovaries and that’s why the risk factor for ovarian cancer,” said Chandra.

He says while there studies are limited on talcum’s risk and ovarian cancer. It may be best for women to avoid the product.
“I would say since there is already a doubt about it. I would look for alternatives available. There is a starch powder,” said Chandra.

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