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The Weekly: Talc powder, cancer screening and more

May 22, 2020

The Weekly

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J&J to stop selling talc-based baby powder in US, Canada

J&J to stop selling talc-based baby powder in US, Canada

TUESDAY, May 19 (The Washington Post)—Johnson & Johnson is ending sales of its iconic talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in the U.S. and Canada, where demand has dwindled amid thousands of lawsuits claiming it has caused cancer.

The world’s biggest maker of health care products said Tuesday the talc-based powder will still be sold outside the U.S. and Canada.

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Talk to your doctor about routine cancer screenings during the pandemic

Talk to your doctor about routine cancer screenings during the pandemic

Should you be getting routine cancer screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic? Up until recently, experts recommended delaying screenings whenever possible to conserve health care resources and limit risk of exposure to the virus. As restrictions begin lifting in certain areas, some offices will begin seeing patients again for routine screenings, while public officials continue to stress that you are “safer at home.”

There is no one-size-fits-all answer, and you should talk to your health care team to see if it makes sense for you to get routine screenings now or postpone.

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