A court in Missouri has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million dollars for damages after Jackie Fox, 62, from Birmingham, Alabama developed ovarian cancer after using baby powder manufactured by the company.
Talc in it’s natural form contains asbestos and is known to cause cancer. However, asbestos free talc has been used since the 70’s but research remains contradictory as to whether or not this form is a carcinogen or not.
Natural News reports, “Researchers remain split on the exact nature of the connection between talc and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies talc as a “possible” carcinogen.
Two strong meta-analyses, however, have suggested serious health risks for women regularly exposed to talc. A 2003 review of 16 studies conducted on a total of 12,000 women, found that regular talc use caused ovarian cancer risk to increase by about one-third. A 2013 review of studies on a total of 18,000 women, found a similar risk increase, but only for talc applied directly to the genital region.”
This issue might be far from over as there may be more trouble for Johnson & Johnson and other talc producing companies in the near future. According to the BBC, “More than 1,000 similar cases are pending nationwide and lawyers said thousands more could now be filed.”