Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Black Women Sue Johnson & Johnson over Ovarian Cancer

Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder
As you may know, Black women in the United States have been suing Johnson & Johnson over revelations that the company promoted its baby powder heavily in the Black community.  More than 1,000 women are currently suing J & J.

Many Black women, my mother included, sprinkled baby powder or other talcum-based powder in their panties every day for reasons of hygiene.

Johnson & Johnson have profited from targeting their baby powder at Black women despite the fact that it has been known since the 1970s that there is a link between talcum powder, the main ingredient of Johnson & Johnson baby powder, and ovarian cancer. I have known this for many years, as has J&J. For many Black women, the repeated use of talcum powder has been a death sentence.

One woman, Jacqueline Fox, won $72 million in a lawsuit against Johnson &Johnson, but unfortunately, she did not live to see the result.

See also: Johnson & Johnson Reportedly Pushed Talcum Powder on Black Women. There are loads of stories like this online at the moment.

Add to this the fact that Black men and women often present late with a range of cancers. I explored this in my chapter on Cancer Black Care in Black Success Stories. For more about this, see my Cancer Journal 12.

As a survivor of ovarian cancer (which was NOT related to use of talcum powder), this is obviously affecting me deeply. I fought to get to see the doctor I wanted and he eventually diagnosed the cancer, before it even had any symptoms.

Early diagnosis is crucial. Patients who are diagnosed early have a 90% chance of survival, but this drops to just 20% with late diagnosis.

If you have any concerns at all, please, please get yourself checked out.

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