417 million dollars! It is the amount that the Johnson & Johnson company must pay to a 63-year-old woman.
However, it was 10 years ago, in 2007, when he was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when he was a tumor , unfortunately in the terminal phase.
Therefore, the jury deliberated that it will be paid $ 70 million in compensatory damages and $ 347 million more as punishment in punitive damages.
The plaintiff’s attorney, Mark Robinson, said he was grateful for the verdict. And it is that it assures that Johnson & Johnson was hiding the case during years.
Eva Echeverría, in her defense cited a study that was conducted in 1982 led by researcher Daniel W. Cramer.
It explained how women who used talcum powder on their genitals increased the risk of ovarian cancer by 92 percent.
It was then that the firm Johnson & Johnson was urged to put a label on it to warn consumers of its possible consequences.
However, the company ignored it.
The company has already lost about 300 million dollars in four of five previous cases in Missouri. Johnson & Johnson planea apelar y demostrar la calidad y seguridad en su producto. However, Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal and demonstrate the quality and safety of its product.
Regardless of the aforementioned claims, the International Agency for Research on Cancer “possible cause of cancer”.
For its part, the British organization on ovarian cancer (OVACOME), says there is not enough evidence to say that the use of talc increases the risk of developing the disease.
If so, cancer statistics would increase by 1 in 3 women.
What is it that puts the talc into question?
Apparently they are the substances that are in their ingredients. , also known as magnesium silicate, is a mineral that contains asbestos.
This not only causes severe respiratory problems but also carcinogenic effects that have been the regulation requires that it be replaced by corn starch .
This has been used for babies since the 70s. However, there are suspicions that the research is not thorough, since they are based on the amount of product that people remember that they used, but it is not exact.
There are many studies that say there is no relationship between talc and ovarian cancer.
In these an analogy is made with the cigar, where he explains that the more you smoke, the greater the risk of lung cancer. However, this situation has not been proven with the use of talc.
How can it be prevented?
It should be noted that talc passes through reviews of cosmetic products. Therefore, it does not receive an exhaustive examination by the Food and Drug Administration.
There are millions of products on the market that are not good for health because they are based on aesthetics. In any case, it is best to use natural products with few toxins .