The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) has long supported findings by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that talcum powder is a possible cause for cancer.
We have been saying for years, even in our fact sheets, there is a possibility that if you use any product with talc in it, especially if you use it in the perineum area, IARC says yes there's a possibility this can cause cancer, specifically ovarian cancer— Professor Michael Herbst, Head of Research at Cansa
In the United States, Johnson & Johnson recently lost its third court trial over claims that its talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer.
The plaintiff was awarded more than 70 million US Dollars after alleging that using the brand's talcum powder for years had caused her cancer.
Nobody is compelled to use any product that contains talc, because there are baby powders on the market in South Africa that are talc-free— Professor Michael Herbst, Head of Research at Cansa
Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu, Cansa Head of Research Professor Michael Herbst says that there are other baby products which use talcum powder in the market, and there are also products which are talc-free.
Professor Herbst says that IARC findings show that continued use of talcum powder over a long period of time, even from infancy, increases one's risk of getting ovarian cancer.
Cancer is not something like you use talc today and tomorrow you've got ovarian cancer. Its usually a period of long-term use of talc in the perineum that can possibly lead to ovarian cancer— Professor Michael Herbst, Head of Research at Cansa
Listen to the conversation below: