CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Nancy Wright has some advice for people who use baby powder.“If you’re using a product that could potentially kill you, stop using it,” she said.Wright told KMGH that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year and she blames Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.Twenty-two women made the same claim in a lawsuit filed in St. Louis, alleging that the manufacturer knew their talc contained traces of asbestos.They, or their families, were recently awarded $4.7 billion in damages.In an online statement, Johnson & Johnson said it was deeply disappointed in the verdict, and that it remains confident that its products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer.Still, 9,000 other people have claims pending against Johnson & Johnson.Wright is one of them.She said she wants people to know it’s not a frivolous lawsuit.“I want people to know what I experienced,” she said.Strange Symptoms“I started … [Read more...] about Colorado woman says her ovarian cancer is linked to Johnson & Johnson baby powder
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Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post Published 9:50 am PDT, Friday, July 13, 2018 A jury in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion in damages to 22 women who claim the company's talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer. Following an eight-hour deliberation Thursday, jurors awarded the women $550 million in compensatory damages and another $4.14 billion in punitive damages, their attorney, Mark Lanier, said in a news release. At issue were claims that the pharmaceutical giant sold powder products that were contaminated with asbestos - once a pollutant in talc that has been linked to lung cancer - though there is much debate about whether talcum powder can lead to ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it is "deeply disappointed in the verdict." "Johnson & Johnson remains confident that its products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer and intends to pursue all available appellate remedies," it said. … [Read more...] about Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $4.69 billion to women who say baby powder gave them cancer
TALC is the world's softest rock. The mineral closely linked to asbestos can appear in close proximity in the earth. Is it safe? Here's what we know... Is talc safe? Talc can sometimes be found lying in the ground near asbestos, a substance known to cause lung cancer if inhaled. But scientists are still not clear if asbestos-free talc is completely safe. Can talcum powder cause ovarian cancer? Brit ovarian cancer charity Ovacome voiced concerns surrounding the use of talcum powder around the genital area. It said the powder could increase the risk of ovarian cancer, although there is no consistent evidence. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organisation said talcum powder as "carcinogenic to humans". The agency found using powder without asbestos is "not classifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans". Summarising the limited evidence from human studies, it found talc-based body powder as "possibly carcinogenic" to humans when used in … [Read more...] about Is talc safe, can talcum powder cause ovarian cancer and what is it made from?
Immunotherapy has gained ground against a stubborn opponent: ovarian cancer. A personalized cancer vaccine is safe and may lengthen the lives of ovarian cancer patients, a small clinical trial found.The research, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, showed "significantly higher" overall survival at two years among patients who received the vaccine, compared with patients who did not.Ovarian cancer is a "silent killer" because often it goes unnoticed until it is diagnosed at a late stage. Treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy, most patients -- 85% -- relapse and ultimately develop resistance to the chemo. At this point, they run out of treatment options.Still, scientists are hopeful based on the fact that a subset of patients shows an immune response to their cancer. Generally, these patients have better survival rates than those whose immune systems don't react in the same way.A vaccine, then, might be able to trigger and boost the immune system … [Read more...] about Ovarian cancer vaccine shows promising results in human study
News / UK and world by Press Association April 11, 2018, 7:01 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A bus highlighting the symptoms of ovarian cancer has hit the road following campaigning by an employee who lost his wife to the disease. Lothian Buses has launched an “ovarian cancer bus” highlighting the signs and symptoms of the disease through a partnership with the charity, Target Ovarian Cancer. It follows campaigning by Lothian Buses engineering worker Colin Barclay, 59, from Edinburgh, who lost his wife Jill to ovarian cancer in January 2017. Mr Barclay, who has has worked for Lothian for more than 40 years, was recently voted Lothian’s Unsung Hero at the company’s People Awards by his colleagues, and part of his award was to receive his very own bus to help his campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms. The father-of-two said: “Target Ovarian Cancer is helping women across … [Read more...] about Ovarian cancer bus launched after worker loses wife to disease