Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? Another Jury Says Yes

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She claimed that she developed cancer after four decades of daily use of talc-containing products produced by J&J, specifically J&J's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder. Johnson & Johnson's agreed to buy Guidant Corp, a defibrillator manufacturer for $25.4 billion.

J&J was hit with verdicts of $72 million, $55 million and $70 million in talcum powder lawsuits past year, while winning its first trial in 2017.

The plaintiff in the just concluded trial Louis Slemp, of Wise, Virginia, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Her cancer has spread to her liver. Slemp claims that she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder for years. Another 200 individual suits are now pending in a federal multidistrict litigation proceeding in New Jersey, and about 350 lawsuits have been filed in state courts in California, New Jersey and Delaware.

"We are preparing for additional trials this year and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", she said.

One of the case's plaintiffs, Lois Slemp of Virginia, alleged that use of Johnson & Johnson's talc powder products over 40 years caused her to develop ovarian cancer. In the New Jersey cases, a state court judge ruled that plaintiffs' scientific experts couldn't adequately support their theories that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, some talc in its natural form contains asbestos, which is known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled. The issue is that asbestos has been mostly left out of consumer talcum powder and other cosmetics for decades, although studies do not seem to agree whether this has made a difference.

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Dr. Francisco Xynos, a gynecologic oncologist at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis, told CBS affiliate KMOX that the scientific evidence of a cancer link is weak. However, in 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified talc as a possible carcinogen.

They point-out that asbestos-free talc has been used in their products since the 1970s.

One large study published in June 2016 that followed 51,000 sisters of breast cancer patients found genital talc users had a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, 27 percent lower than in nonusers.

The talc litigation consists of almost two dozen cases in Missouri state court, where more than 1,000 claims are pending.

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