Ovarian cancer is a disease affecting thousands of newly diagnosed women each year, to the tune of 22,240 expected diagnoses of this disease this year along. Only 20% of these cases will be caught at an early stage and the disease is expected to claim 14,070 lives. Many women believe that a cause of their cancer is their use of baby powder, sprinkled in their underwear or dusted in their pelvic region for freshness. The talc in the powder has been linked to the cancer and several women have sued Johnson & Johnson as the Post and Courier reports.
Almost 10,000 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, many of them filed in New Jersey where the company headquarters is located, claim a link between the baby powder and ovarian cancer diagnoses.
Juries have agreed with the women on whose behalf these lawsuits have been filed. The first was awarded a $72 million-dollar verdict. Another $55 million-dollar verdict followed. The verdicts only grew from there, with verdicts ranging from $70 million to $417 million following.
All of these women contracted ovarian cancer. All also used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, and juries have become convinced that the product is lethal.
Despite these verdicts, the cases are far from resolved. Johnson & Johnson is fighting back, citing numerous independent studies that show no link between talcum powder and cancer. They have also managed to overturn several of the verdicts.
However, Dr. Daniel Cramer, a Harvard scientist, disagrees. He has been studying the link between talcum powder and cancer for 40 years.
In fact, pediatricians no longer recommend that parents use Johnson & Johnson for the treatment of diaper rash. Although it is unlikely that an infant would contract ovarian cancer from the use of talcum powder, plain cornstarch is just as effective in keeping babies dry and is not currently linked to cancer.
A number of lawsuits have also connected talc with the presence of asbestos, a known cancer-causing ingredient.
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