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A woman has been awarded more than $70m after alleging that using Johnson’s baby powder caused her cancer. Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. She accused talc makers Johnson & Johnson of “negligent conduct” in making and marketing the product. The woman’s lawyer Jim Onder said: “We are pleased the jury did the right thing. “They once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product.”

The case is the latest which has raised concerns about the health ramifications of extended use of talcum powder. Some research has found no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and baby powder and the company has insisted it is safe. But other research has indicated that women who regularly use talc on their genital area face up to a 40% higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. After the verdict, Johnson & Johnson said in a statement: “We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”

A bottle of Johnson's Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York

 

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