Boy, I remember the days when powder was used for everything!
"A jury in St. Louis awarded $55 million in damages to Gloria Ristesund, who used Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder for more than 35 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. Ristesund's lawyers argued that Johnson & Johnson knew of possible health risks associated with talc, but failed to warn consumers.
"Internal documents from J & J show it knew of studies connecting talc use and ovarian cancer but, to this day, it continues to market it as safe -- neglecting any warning," The Onder Law Firm, which represented Ristesund, said in a statement.
Johnson & Johnson said it plans to appeal the verdict.
Talc is just powdered stone -- magnesium, silicone and oxygen. Asbestos is a fiber made from silicone. The two were found in baby powder due to the mining processes, inadequate safety in manufacture, etc.
But what puzzles me is, the cancers are not in the respiratory system of miners. I know how asbestos particles cause lung cancer, but how the fuck do they cause ovarian cancer in baby powder users?
Asbestos is not poisonous. It's a danger to humans because asbestos products, notably insulation, shed tiny particulates which can be drawn deep into the lungs of some people. Once there, they are very likely to remain. The body cannot usually expel them, and across time, the process of injury and healing in microscopic lung tissues creates abnormal cell growth, aka cancer.
Its a good question and one similar to why so far nobody has been able to go after Monsanto for glyphosate. Its speculated that it causes cancer but hasnt been proven. There are various cancer clusters near where its used heaviest but it cant be pinpointed. No easy answers once scientists say its cancer causing and people get cancer. I do know doctors have been warning against using it for a very long time. So they must have reasonable belief that it was bad.