New tal­cum pow­der alert af­ter £3.6bn le­gal ac­tion

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY JEN­NIFER COCKERELL

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 faced le­gal ac­tion in the United States.

John­son & John­son has been or­dered to pay $4.7 bil­lion (£3.6bn) to a group of 22 women who al­lege the com­pany’s tal­cum pow­ders caused their ovar­ian cancer.

Rebecca Ren­ni­son, di­rec­tor of pub­lic af­fairs and ser­vices at Target Ovar­ian Cancer, said: “Var­i­ous stud­ies have shown a link be­tween us­ing tal­cum pow­der be­tween the legs and ovar­ian cancer.

“We would there­fore gen­er­ally ad­vise against us­ing tal­cum pow­der on this area of the body.

John­son & John­son has de­nied that its prod­ucts con­tain as­bestos and said it “re­mains con­fi­dent” that they do not cause ovar­ian cancer.

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