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Is ovarian cancer preventable?

Experts such as those featured in a recent Cosmopolitan article are advising women that talc is an easily avoidable exposure associated with a serious cancer, with no real health benefits and safe alternatives, such as corn starch powders already on the market. Why take the risk when ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women, it has subtle, easily missed symptoms and no adequate screening? Dr. Roberta Ness, a recognized expert in women’s health research and former Dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health, advocates, “It is time for doctors and women to ... Read More

Magazine shares info on Baby Powder cancer risk

In light of the recent California jury verdict of $417 million against Johnson and Johnson for not warning consumers about its talc products’ ovarian cancer risk, popular women’s magazine Cosmopolitan tells women “9 Things You Need to Know About Baby Powder and Cancer,” starting with the warning, “If I were a woman using it, I probably would stop.” The popular magazine starts out by explaining to women that baby powders prior to the 1970s may have contained carcinogenic asbestos; since then the mineral has not been permitted in personal care products. However, asbestos-free talc, which is sold today, is independently associated ... Read More

Investment advisor says JNJ is a strong sell in light of talc ovarian cancer verdicts

Investment website Seeking Alpha, which features stock market insights and financial analysis provided by investors and industry experts, featured an article on Johnson and Johnson’s (JNJ) recent loss in California court over allegations that its talc products cause ovarian cancer. The $417 million verdict was in favor of 63-year-old Eva Echeverria, who developed ovarian cancer after 50 years of using J&J’s products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene. This is the sixth jury in three states to have found J&J’s products responsible for the development of a woman’s cancer and the company guilty of ... Read More

Responsible companies warn consumers of talc ovarian risk

With the largest verdict yet in a talc ovarian cancer case, $417 million having just been awarded to California plaintiff Eva Echeverria, some hearing the news for the first time may be asking if Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe. The answer is, it depends on how you use it. The health issue being discussed in the recent court cases is talc allegedly increasing women’s risk of ovarian cancer. This only becomes an issue when the powder is used for feminine hygiene; however Johnson and Johnson refuses to warn women of the risk in using its powder this way. By six ... Read More

Environmental racism in the beauty industry

A recent article published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology calls out to reproductive health professionals to advance environmental justice by being aware of the disproportionate threat of environmental chemical exposure to certain female populations from beauty products. Both the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) committee and the International Federation for Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO) committee recently issued opinions acknowledging that it is an issue that certain patient populations may be more vulnerable to toxic chemical exposure. “Environmental justice integrates concepts of environmental racism and inequality and is defined as the unequal distribution of environmental benefits ... Read More

$417 million verdict in 1st CA talc ovarian cancer trial

The four-week long trial in California, the first talc ovarian cancer trial in the state, has concluded with an attention-getting verdict of $417 million, $110 million more than all four of the previous Missouri verdicts combined. Over the last year and a half, Johnson and Johnson has faced some huge product liability losses due to allegations that its talc-containing products cause ovarian cancer. Four St. Louis juries found in favor of plaintiffs, agreeing that the company should have warned women of ovarian cancer risk. The verdicts totaled more than $300 million: $72 million in February of 2016, $55 million and ... Read More

Use cosmetics with care; labels don’t warn of chronic side effects

The Deccan Chronicle warns readers that cosmetics, not being drugs, are not governed by any regulatory body. In a recent article the publication points out that although some cosmetics may warn about reactions with the skin and eyes, cosmetic products often have dangerous chronic side effects that are not mentioned in their labeling. One very public example of this is the some 4,800 lawsuits currently filed in the U.S. against the world’s largest health care company, Johnson and Johnson, over allegations that it’s talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower cause ovarian cancer. The talcum powder when ... Read More

Talc is risk factor for ovarian cancer, found in plaintiff’s ovaries, experts testify

According to Law360, during the second week of the first California talc trial, plaintiff Eva Echeverria called Canadian epidemiology expert Jack Siemiatycki, who explained how epidemiology identifies possible risk factors for diseases by examining their rates within defined populations. He has specific experience studying causes of ovarian cancer and contributed to the 2006 report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which found talc to be a “possible human carcinogen.” In his explanations about his opinions regarding the available scientific literature on perineal talc use and its association with ovarian cancer, Siemiatycki said that since 2006 more research has ... Read More

California jurors hear scientific data talc causes cancer

On July 26, jurors in California heard opening statements in the much-anticipated first California talc trial against Johnson and Johnson over allegations that its talc-containing products, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, cause ovarian cancer. Allen Smith of The Smith Law Firm, who represented plaintiffs in all six of the Missouri talc trials, said that Johnson and Johnson, aware for decades of the research linking genital talc use to ovarian cancer, failed to warn the public. “It’s the safe and gentle corporate image of a mother and baby that the defendants are placing over human life, in ... Read More

Missouri talc ovarian cancer cases aren’t dead

The National Law Journal reports that the U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 19 in favor of Bristol-Myers in in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California has not necessarily been the “game changer” that defense attorneys expected. The Supreme Court’s decision overruled the California Supreme Court’s previous decision to allow hundreds of out-of-state plaintiffs to sue Bristol-Myers in California over its blood thinner Plavix. The Supreme Court ruled that they failed to establish specific jurisdiction in the cases; the company is incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in New York. In immediate response to the decision, a Missouri judge declared ... Read More