£3.6bn pay-out in talcum case
WOMEN should avoid using talcum powder on their genitals due to it posing an increased risk of ovarian cancer, a UK charity has warned after a pharmaceutical giant was hit by a massive payout after legal action in the US.
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay £3.6 billion to a group of 22 women who allege the company’s talcum powders caused ovarian cancer.
Target Ovarian Cancer said it was important to note that the increased risk was “very small”.
Rebecca Rennison, director of public affairs and services, said: “Various studies have shown a link between using talcum powder between the legs and ovarian cancer. We would generally advise against using talcum on this area of the body.”
The affected women claimed Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products were laced with cancer-causing asbestos “for decades”. The firm is to appeal the verdict.