New talcum powder alert after £3.6bn legal action
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.