Petition to United States Food and Drug Administration
Talc Kills - Take Out The Talc!
Talc in Baby Powder and Personal Care Powders such as Shower to Shower causes Ovarian and Endometrial/Uterine Cancers. Talc in Baby Powder or Personal Care Powders such as Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower are considered a "Cosmetic" by the United States Food and Drug Administration (hereafter known as the FDA) and are NOT REGULATED or tested by the FDA before they are sold to the public. This Petition requests the United States Food and Drug Administration immediately update the information they use to inform the public about talc. The FDA must include that it is scientifically and medically proven that talc causes Ovarian and Uterine Cancers in women when used for personal hygiene purposes Warning that this practice be stopped. Scientific and medical research has proven beyond a doubt that talc in Baby Powder and Personal Care Powders cause cancers, most well known at this time to be Ovarian and Uterine Cancers in women. Any and all Baby Powder or Personal Care Powders or Products that contain talc must be recalled by their manufacturers and forever banned from further manufacture and sale. There must be an immediate notification to and by the FDA for publication of Public Safety Announcements by respected Organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and major companies known to sell Baby Powder such as Johnson & Johnson, that: "Scientific and medical research have proven that talc causes Ovarian and Endometrial/Uterine Cancer in women and it is highly recommended to all, both male and female to immediately discontinue using products made primarily from or containing any talc, for personal hygiene purposes." Hi! My name is Rosemary. I used both Shower to Shower and Johnson's Baby Powder for personal hygiene dusting for forty years. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer and had to immediately suffer a total hysterectomy. I had always said I wouldn't have a hysterectomy unless my life depended on it. I always felt that far too many women have undergone this surgery needlessly and our internal female organs are very important to our overall health. Now, my life did depend on having this surgery. I had to find out what could have caused this. There was no history of any kind of female cancer in my family. I saw an ad on television about talc in Shower to Shower and Johnson's Baby Powder causing Ovarian Cancer. I thought, if talc can cause Ovarian Cancer then why wouldn't it cause Endometrial Cancer (aka Uterine Cancer) as well? I decided to research this further. It is what I found out doing this research that appalled me. My journey with Cancer diagnoses didn't stop with the Endometrial Cancer either. I was diagnosed with a total of FOUR different Cancers. Next came the Basal Cell Carcinoma and the Melanoma, followed by Chronic Myeloproliferative Leukemia. It really hurt to learn that Johnson & Johnson knew since the 1970's there was a causal link between talc and Ovarian Cancer. In an internal memo one of their doctors said that anyone who would deny this link would be perceived the same as someone who said there is no link between smoking and cancer. What did Johnson & Johnson and do? They decided to begin a campaign to target market black and other minority women! I went to the FDA website and looked up talc. Their information revolves more about asbestos being removed from talc in the 1970's then reporting that talc is a known carcinogen, tactfully avoiding their own lack of informing the public what we need to know. And, allowing companies to quote this misinformation as a legal defense exclaiming that, "The FDA says..." The FDA needs to emphatically state that talc itself is a known carcinogen. The FDA has failed to put its foot down about it being used in "cosmetic" products because anything labeled as a "cosmetic" is NOT regulated. The FDA completely ignored "Abstract for TR-421-Talc by the National Toxicology Program" indicating there was "clear evidence" of carcinogenic activity in exposed female rats (to talc) since the 1970's. You need to know: FDA's authority over cosmetic safetyUnder the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives, do not have to undergo FDA review or approval before they go on the market. Cosmetics must be properly labeled, and they must be safe for use by consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use. Cosmetic companies have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products and ingredients, but the law does not require them to share their safety information with FDA. see http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Ingredients/ucm293184.htm The FDA must update their information immediately. I was disillusioned when I contacted the American Cancer Society (ACS) for help with my physician and prescription copays. I talked to a woman there and told her that I really needed an Advocate. They were welcome to contact my doctors or whoever they needed to contact to validate me, but I needed their help! My husband and I, live far below the National Poverty Line, both of us having Social Security Disability Incomes. In our state our income was considered a few hundred dollars a year too much to qualify for any assistance from Medicaid in spite of my outrageous medical bills. We fell through EVERY crack for help there was. My husband is disabled from suffering the long term effects and illness of having been electrocuted on the job. To date, the ONLY help i have received from the American Cancer Society was a fancy plastic folder encasing lists of OTHER organizations i could contact to see if they would help me. I called the American Cancer Society back and virtually begged them over the phone to please at least assign me a Social Worker or an Advocate that could do all this for me. I was too sick to try to negotiate my way through making all these calls. I decided to check the ACS out a little further. I went to their website and looked up what they had to say about talc. I couldn't understand why they weren't reporting the truth of how research is indicating that women who use talc for personal hygiene purposes have a 40% greater chance of getting Ovarian or Endometrial Cancers. After all the research i had done, even I could see a definitive link between talc and cancer. Then I found it: The American Cancer Society has STRONG Commercial Political ties to Johnson & Johnson, as their CEO is - Gary Reedy, who retired as worldwide vice president of government affairs and policy with Johnson & Johnson. Reedy had also served simultaneously on the American Cancer Society Board of Directors while holding his position with Johnson & Johnson. Do NOT try to tell me there are not some major conflict of interests going on here with regards to the ACS stand on the "safe" use of talc!? We Petition the FDA to immediately: 1. Publicize that talc in Baby Powder and Personal Care Powder causes Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer in women. 2. Update all of their information available to everyone that talc is shown to cause Ovarian and Endometrial/Uterine cancers. Talc use by women for personal hygiene purposes is known to show a 40% increase to develop Ovarian or Endometrial/Uterine Cancer. 3. Notify the American Cancer Society and Johnson & Johnson by Registered Letters that they are to immediately Publicize at their cost a Public Service Announcement that talc causes Ovarian and Endometrial/Uterine Cancers. 4. Notify Johnson & Johnson they are to cease from using talc in their Powder products and are to recall all Baby Powder containing talc. 5. Notify ALL companies under the Jurisdiction of the United States Government in any capacity by Registered Letter that are using talc to manufacture ANY type of Powder meant to be applied to the body they are to CEASE using talc as an ingredient immediately. 6. Any company under the Jurisdiction of the United States in any capacity is to be notified by the FDA by Registered Letter they are to immediately RECALL ALL products that are made with talc that are for sale to the public anywhere. Failure to comply will result in an immediate cancellation of their manufacturing license. 7. As corn starch is a suitable alternative replacement ingredient to talc, we demand that all Baby Powder Products and Personal Care Powders that are made with corn starch be labeled and Certified as "Organic and GMO Free Cornstarch." What we are asking should have been done long ago. It is well Past Time that talc be pulled off the shelves. Thank You Rosemary Yuhasz Chatham Administrator: https://www.facebook.com/endometrialcancer/