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Woman’s lawsuit claims talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer

powder 3 435x326 Womans lawsuit claims talcum powder caused her ovarian cancerAn Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Candace Lewis says she used Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower powder in her genital area for personal hygiene from 1981 to 2014. On June 23, 2013, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Since her diagnosis, Lewis learned that about 22 studies dating back to 1971 have linked talcum powder usage on the genitals to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

At least one researcher found a 92 percent rise in ovarian cancer risk in women who used talc on their genitals. He alerted Johnson & Johnson of this risk and urged the company to add warnings on the labels of its talc-containing products. However, Johnson & Johnson refused.

The consumer health care giant has stood firm on its refusal to warn consumers of the cancer risks with its talc-containing products, even after a South Dakota jury, in October 2013, found a woman’s longtime use of Johnson & Johnson Shower to Shower and baby powder contributed to the development of her ovarian cancer.

In that case, Deane Berg was diagnosed with the deadly gynecologic cancer in 2006 after using the product in her genital area for about 30 years. Three different doctors examined her cancerous tissue with a scanning electron microscope and found talc. It was their conclusion that talc came from the body powder the woman used.

Lewis’ lawsuit also names Imerys Talc, a firm that mines and distributes talcum powder, and Walgreen Co., the retail drug store that sells the product.

Her eight-count lawsuit is asking for at least $50,000 per count in damages.

Source: The Telegraph