Does Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Cause Cancer? Here’s What We Know

Does Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Cause Cancer? Here’s What We Know
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After being ordered by the lower court in St. Louis to pay $72 million to a family of a woman who allegedly died of cancer by years of using their popular Baby Powder, Johnson & Johnson eyes to appeal the Jury’s decision. With this decision, people want to know if it is still safe to use the product. Does it really cause cancer?


It can be recalled that St. Louis Jury decided in favor of a woman’s family who died of ovarian cancer last year. Jackie Fox’s son, Marvin Salter, from Birmingham, Alabama filed a lawsuit against the cosmetic giant, alleging his mother, developed cancer due to years of using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, the CBS News Reported.

The complainants claimed that Johnson & Johnson’s iconic product contains talcum powder, which in its natural form, a carcinogenic compound—asbestos. Although commercially used talc, is usually free from asbestos since its ban in the 1970s, some remain doubtful as to its safety for human use, especially if applied in the genitals area.

To appease the growing concern of the public about the safety of cosmetic talc, J&J has issued a fact sheet about the safety of the same cosmetic ingredients. The Fortune 500 cosmetic giant also assured the public that over a century of continued use, cosmetic talc remains a safe additive to cosmetic products that remained in use today.

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“JOHNSON’s Baby Powder continues to be popular with adults as well, and in many parts of the world, it remains an essential part of the makeup and skin care routines. With over 100 years of use, few ingredients have the same demonstrated performance, mildness and safety profile as cosmetic talc,” the multinational company wrote in a fact sheet published Wednesday.

The company stressed the safety of cosmetic talc, which remains one of the main active ingredients in common cosmetic products as such color cosmetics, antiperspirants, toothpastes, drug tablets, and even chewing gums. The Johnson & Johnson also clarified that every batch of talc that comes in undergo a routine battery of test to ensure safety for human use and meets global standards.