New Study Could Prove Link Between Mesothelioma and Talcum Powder


For the past few years, we have heard about a number of lawsuits being filed alleging that baby powder containing talc causes cancer. Last year, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay over $4 billion to a group of women who developed ovarian cancer. In 2016, the manufacturing giant was ordered to pay $55 million to a single plaintiff who developed the same disease. The alleged link between talc and cancer is not new news, but a new study that was released in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine may provide proof that baby powders containing talc cause cancer. 


Johnson & Johnson has appealed all of the cases mentioned above, and many, many more, arguing that there is no definitive proof that its baby powder directly caused these individuals to develop cancer. Johnson & Johnson argues that there is conflicting evidence and there is no proof.

This new study may be just the proof necessary. Exposure to asbestos is the number one cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a very rare malignant cancer that develops in the thin lining surrounding most of our internal organs. The study presents the cases of 33 women who had all been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.

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