On Monday, a jury awarded a California woman $417 million because she developed ovarian cancer and had used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for decades.
There’s been a concern with talc and its association with ovarian cancer for a few years now. Talc, or baby powder, should absolutely be avoided in the genital area. We need to wait until the uncertainty of talcum powder as a cause of ovarian cancer is resolved.
This opinion, which I’ve mentioned to my patients for years, has been recently substantiated by several multimillion dollar jury verdicts against Johnson & Johnson.
The plaintiffs’ theory in those cases was that J&J failed to warn its customers about the significant risks of using talcum powder. They proved to the juries that J&J has been aware for several decades that use of talcum powder in the genital area could cause ovarian cancer.
The latest hugely successful plaintiff, Eva Echeverria, has been awarded $417 million by a Los Angeles jury. This includes $68 million in compensatory damages and $340 million in punitive damages against J&J. But the term “successful” is to be sadly taken with a grain of salt. Ms. Echeverria is in the hospital losing her life to ovarian cancer.
Experts with contrary opinions believe there’s no significant evidence linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer. Yet more than 1,000 women have filed similar suits against Johnson & Johnson. Enough of those women have won their cases in court to make continued use of talcum powder in the genital area a pointless risk.
So unless you’re willing to risk ovarian cancer to bequeath the results of a lawsuit to your heirs, please refrain from using talcum powder. There are many talc-free alternatives, none of which can possibly cause ovarian cancer.
Read more and let me know what you think. Thaïs
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