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Plaintiff wanted to help others in talc case

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Sammy Stanley | 23 August, 2017, 00:42

A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded $417 million to a 62-year-old women who blames the company's talc powder for her ovarian cancer.

"We are grateful for the jury's verdict on this matter and that Eva Echeverria was able to have her day in court", said Mark Robinson, her lawyer, in a statement.

Back in May, a Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.

On the other hand, Carol Goodrich, spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson said that that the company will appeal the jury's decision.

However based on a review of the evidence, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified talc as "possibly carcinogenic (cancer causing)" to humans when applied to the genital (perineal) area.

He also said, "She really didn't want sympathy".

Lawyers took out 16,000 advertisements warning viewers of the potential risks of talcum powder in the first half of the year, according to an X Ante analysis of Kantar Media CMAG data. In 2017, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"Johnson & Johnson had many warning bells over a 30 year period but failed to warn the women who were buying its product", he said.

In the lawsuit, the 63-year-old's cancer was said to be a "proximate result of the unreasonably unsafe and defective nature of talcum powder".

Eva Echeverria, 63, of Los Angeles, was among seven women who filed lawsuits in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2016.

Johnson & Johnson said in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review the company plans to appeal following the jury's verdict. She only stopped after watching a news story about a woman with ovarian cancer who had also used the talc for a similar goal, she said.

Johnson & Johnson has faced several lawsuits related to its talcum-based products and a possible link to cancer. "The evidence about asbestos-free talc, which is still widely used, is less clear", the Cancer.org says.

It's a stunning award not because of the large dollar amount, but because many people have no idea that there may be a link between talcum powder and cancer.

Most of these studies focused on whether the chance of a woman getting ovarian cancer increased if particles of talcum or baby powder traveled through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary via sanitary napkins, diaphragms, condoms or direct application, American Cancer Society reported.

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