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Talcum powder manufacturer being sued by ovarian cancer sufferers

Johnson & Johnson and Rio Tinto Minerals Inc have been named in a lawsuit, which claims five woman were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson Baby Powder.

Following reports that more than 1000 cases of John & Johnson products being linked to ovarian cancer, Rio Tinto Minerals Inc are the latest group to be added to the lawsuit. This comes after it was discovered that Rio Tinto subsidiary during this period, Luzenac America, mined the "talc at issue", which was then used in Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
The plaintiffs of the case, from Louisiana in the US, are four woman who have ovarian cancer, and a husband of a woman who, in fact, has passed away. Court documents suggest that each of these women used the aforementioned Johnson products during 2011 and 2015, which lead to their cancer diagnoses.
Similarly, Johnson & Johnson have already paid out two women from Missouri in the US, who claimed that the talc used in this company's products lead them to be diagnosed with terminal cancer. The court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay these women a total of $172million in damages.
Despite a spokesperson for Rio Tinto Minerals Inc stating that "multiple scientific and regulatory reviews have determined that talc is safe for use in cosmetic products and the labeling on Johnson's Baby Powder is appropriate", the numerous lawsuits piling up suggest something else.
According to the Cancer Council, those who have ovarian cancer may not show any symptoms. However, if they do, this is what doctors suggest to look out for:
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Back, abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
If you have any of these symptoms, or would like to learn more about ovarian cancer, visit your local GP.

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