A woman alleging that asbestos in talcum powder-based products caused her cancer has been awarded money by a California jury.
Reuters reports that a California jury has sided with a woman who alleged that asbestos in two talcum powder-based products from company Johnson & Johnson – baby powder and “Shower to Shower” powder – caused her mesothelioma. The jury found that the company was aware of the possible presence of asbestos in its talc products from the 1970s to the early 2000s, but failed to warn consumers or regulators.
More than twelve Johnson & Johnson talc-related cases are set to go to trial this year. Eleven cases alleging talc asbestos contamination have been brought against the company so far, with plaintiffs winning three.
Asbestos can accumulate in the body after being inhaled or swallowed, and can cause several types of cancer. Symptoms of asbestos-related cancer can include:
Talcum Powder (Talc) containing asbestos is recognized as a carcinogen by multiple institutes, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer; however, Johnson & Johnson claims modern talc products (from the 1973 on) no longer carry asbestos.
This has not, however, prevented new cases in which women have developed ovarian cancer after using talc products manufactured well after the 1973 removal of asbestos. More alarming, talc fibers are often found in the cancerous tissue following diagnosis.
Still, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), which is made up by parts of the CDC, FDA, and NIH, has not fully reviewed talc (with or without asbestos) as a possible carcinogen.
There are currently two class-actions claiming ovarian cancer in connection with talcum powder products. Both were filed against J&J in 2014 and cover Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. In February 2016, a family was awarded $72 million for the ovarian cancer and resulting death of a woman who had used Johnson & Johnson talcum products.
According to Harvard epidemiologist, Dr. Daniel Cramer, talcum powder results in as many as 10,000 women developing ovarian cancer every year. Other studies suggest exposure to talcum powder can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 30- to 45 percent
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