Johnson & Johnson loses lawsuit: Is there a link between talc products and cancer?

Users of Johnson & Johnson products beware.

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SINGAPORE – Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a St Louis jury on Thursday (May 4) to pay more than US$110 million (S$154 million) to a Virginia woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum products.

There are over 3,000 lawsuits accusing the world’s largest health-care company of ignoring studies linking its baby powder and Shower To Shower talc products to ovarian cancer and failing to warn customers of the risk.

The Straits Times asks some experts questions that consumers might have on this issue.

Q: What sorts of products contain talc?

A: Talc is used in everyday products such as cosmetics, deodorants, and sometimes even powdered food.

Q: How might talc cause ovarian cancer?

A: Ovarian cancer is believed to be caused when the ovaries become inflamed, which can happen when they are irritated by a foreign substance.

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Elisa Koh at…

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