Monday 27 January 2020

Talc cleared of cancer link as cases to reopen

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Sarah Knapton

Talcum powder is not linked to ovarian cancer, the largest ever study has concluded, in a major finding likely to reverse the outcomes of several billion-dollar court cases.

Researchers at the US government's National Institute of Environmental Health Science pooled data from 252,745 women and found no evidence that talc was dangerous when used as a feminine hygiene product.

In recent years, the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson had to pay billions of dollars to compensate women who claimed to have developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson's Baby Powder.

The company said that it would now appeal against those verdicts.

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So far, it has won four appeals, including a Supreme Court hearing. A spokesman said: "We know anyone suffering from cancer is searching for answers, which is why the science and facts on this topic are so important.

"The facts are that Johnson's Baby Powder is safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer." (© Daily Telegraph London)

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