Jury Awards Billions in Talcum Powder-Ovarian Cancer Case


In one of thousands of court cases around the United States involving talcum powder and cancer risk, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri, awarded $4.69 billion to 22 plaintiffs who claimed their ovarian cancer was caused by products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The company plans to appeal this decision.

Since the early 1970s, when talc particles were first discovered in ovarian and cervical cancer tissue, there have been safety concerns about talc, a mineral containing magnesium, silicon, and oxygen used in some baby powders and similar products to help absorb moisture. In 2006, the International Agency for Research in Cancer of the World Health Organization, classified powders containing talc as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Some research has shown an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who used the products over a long period of time, but other studies have not shown a connection.

In this particular lawsuit, lawyers successfully argued that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products contain asbestos, a well-known cancer-causing agent that is often mined in the same areas as talc. The company denies this claim, and according to the American Cancer Society, talcum products in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

Sourced from: CNN