Does Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer? Here's What We Know

Johnson baby powder slammed with 417 million dollar fine for ovarian cancer

Earlier this year, the company was penalised $110.5 million in connection with another case of ovarian cancer. She claimed that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder.

"Medical evidence suggests that women who use talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product run a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer".

Internal documents were entered into evidence at trial that indicated Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of the use of talc and link to ovarian cancer for decades - and failed to warn women of those risks.

A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson defended the products' safety.

If this talcum powder is as harmful to women, why isn't it hurting babies who the company had in mind when making the product?

Following a number of lawsuits, baby powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson slapped with a big fine of $417 million over a claimed connection with a woman's terminal cause of ovarian cancer. The verdict includes $347 million in punitive damages. She only stopped using it after hearing about other women who developed cancer. Some studies have found a small to moderate increase in cancer risk, but these studies tend to rely on women self-reporting. Because all the cases show that it increases the risk of ovarian cancer. Cramer worked as a paid consultant for the plaintiff's lawyers in a St. Louis case that resulted in a $72 million verdict against J&J.

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The case is Echeverria et al v. Johnson & Johnson, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC628228.

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. Asbestos, a known cancer-causing agent, naturally forms in talcum powder.

The company immediately announced it would seek to overturn Monday's verdict, saying science supports the safety of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder.

Does the talc in baby powder really cause ovarian cancer?

To get around the hindsight bias, researchers could track a group of healthy women over a number of years to find out if those that used talcum powder were more likely to develop ovarian cancer. And as the ACS notes, existing research is unclear enough that World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies genital use of consumer talc-based products "possibly carcinogenic to humans".

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