Does baby powder cause cancer? Another jury says yes

Does baby powder cause cancer? Another jury says yes

Johnson & Johnson and other companies have continued to defend the use of talcum powder in feminine hygiene products; however, the condom industry halted the mineral's use in the mid-1990s amid the growing concerns about its link to ovarian cancer risk. The verdict was the largest so far from thousands of lawsuits accusing the multinational corporation of not warning consumers about the alleged cancer risks of its Johnson's Baby Powder.

Another juror, Lindsay Polley, said she believed the science pointed toward talc being a cancer risk factor.

A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman $110.5 million U.S. in the latest lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer.

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Thursday's jury decision comes after J&J scored a win in its talc litigation back in March, and after three previous defeats that cost the company almost $200 million.

Thursday's jury ruling is the fourth in a string of cases involving allegations that Johnson & Johnson ignored a possible link between cancer and its talcum-based products. The woman said that she used J&J talcum powder for more than 4 decades, which led to the onset of ovarian cancer.

Many of those lawsuits are pending in the state court in St. Louis, where the company has faced four prior trials, three of which resulted in verdicts awarding plaintiffs $195 million in total.

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In a statement after the verdict, Johnson & Johnson said: "We deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer".

The next baby powder trial is in June in St. Louis, and will be followed by another in July in California. Also, the company clearly intends to keep fighting lawsuits alleging its iconic baby powder isn't safe, rather than settling suits at this point. Even though it has not yet been conclusively proven that long-term use of talcum powder, especially in the genital area, can cause ovarian cancer, the court has ordered the company to compensate the affected woman to the tune of $110m.

JNJ stock was down slightly as of noon Friday. Slemp used the product for 40 years and developed ovarian cancer in 2012.

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In its natural form, talc contains some asbestos, which can "cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled", according to the American Cancer Society. An analysis of two huge, long-running US studies, the Women's Health Initiative and the Nurses' Health Study, showed no increased risk of ovarian cancer in talc users.

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