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Johnson & Johnson Loses Lawsuit Linking Talcum Powder to Ovarian Cancer


Johnson & Johnson lost a case brought against them by a woman who alleged that her daily use of J&J products caused ovarian cancer.

Jacqueline Fox, claimed she used the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower products for 35 years. Unfortunately, cancer took Fox’s life before the ruling in her case.

A Missouri state jury ordered J&J to pay a hefty $72 million fine for damages to the family of the woman caused by the company’s talcum powder. But is that enough for the company that has knowingly exposed generation after generations of Americans to a dangerous product?

Numerous studies have linked talc powder to ovarian cancer a common ingredient found in many J&J products. In a study in May 2015, the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer found that talc use increased the risk of ovarian cancer by 30 to 60 percent in “almost all well-designed studies.”

While this may be one specific (costly) case, there are at least 1,000 other, baby powder-related lawsuits occurring all across the nation. There is evidence to suggest the company has known of the ill-effects of talc use as far back as the 1980s.

While findings relating to the relationship between ovarian cancer and baby powder may be inconclusive, we still hope that regulatory agencies will further investigate.


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  1. Brian Karaim says:
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    I’m Canadian and my wife died from ovarian cancer 11yrs. ago at the age of 59 and she used baby powder from an early age when she grew up in a small town which didn’t have sewer and water until the late 70’s. They family conserved water with sponge bathes followed by the application of baby powder by both mother and daughter. Is there a similar lawsuit underway in Canada ?

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