Although baby powder has been a product on the market for decades, its potential danger has only been recognized in the last 15 years or so. While the scientific community remains divided on some of the specifics, there is a growing amount of research that indicates some uses of baby powder increase the risk of certain kinds of cancer.
Recently, a jury in Missouri ruled in favor of a woman who claimed that continued use of two products by Johnson & Johnson contributed to her development of ovarian cancer. In the suit, the woman successfully alleged that the company failed to properly disclose that use of the product could lead to increased risk of cancer.
Ultimately the jury awarded the woman over $110 million for her losses, the largest settlement to hit the company yet in its ongoing battle over the products. Although juries dismissed a number of similar cases, the company also lost other cases resulting in judgments ranging from $55 million to $72 million.
If you are a woman who has used baby powder products in or around your genitals, you should consider speaking with a medical professional about some of the risks associated with baby powder and its link to cancer.
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Baby powder is not always dangerous, but it can increase the risk of certain cancers depending on how you use it. The scientific community has yet to conclude exactly where the risk lies, although a number of studies suggest that inhaling baby powder increases risk of lung cancers, while introducing it to your reproductive system through vaginal use can increase risk of ovarian cancers. Some studies suggest that the risk of developing cancer increases by about 20-30 percent.
Of course, like most cancer contributors, these risks are difficult to quantify because the use must usually take place over a lengthy period of time.
Many women use baby powder products to help maintain control over moisture throughout the day, but this ongoing use can create opportunities for the powder to travel up into the reproductive system, increasing the risk of ovarian cancers.
Unfortunately, despite a number of sizable settlements, Johnson & Johnson refuses to acknowledge the link between their baby powder product and cancer, claiming that they do not have a duty to inform customers of any potential risks.
Fight for your future with a strong team
If you believe that long-term use of a baby powder product harmed you, you should absolutely consult with an experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of a baby powder lawsuit.
With strong legal guidance, you can explore all your options for pursuing justice while you ensure that your rights remain secure throughout the process.