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In May 2016, the corporation lost another case over talcum powder products allegedly leading to cancer when a jury awarded $55 million to the plaintiff. She first suffered from ovarian cancer in 2012 and it went into remission.

J&J has argued that juries in St. Louis, in particular, have been tainted by a deluge of trial-lawyer advertisements promoting a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, but a judge refused the company's requests to move the trials.

Johnson's baby powder contains talc, according to the company's website, but the company also offers a version made with cornstarch.

Thursday's jury ruling is the fourth in a string of cases involving allegations that Johnson & Johnson ignored a possible link between cancer and its talcum-based products. The verdict also surpasses the sums awarded by other Missouri juries, who past year came out with verdicts of $55 million, $70 million and $72 million.

Thursday's verdict came in a lawsuit against J&J and talc supplier Imerys Talc by Lois Slemp, a resident of Virginia who is now undergoing chemotherapy after her ovarian cancer initially diagnosed in 2012 returned and spread to her liver.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, says genital use of talc-based body powder is "possibly carcinogenic to humans".

J&J in a statement said it sympathised with women impacted by ovarian cancer but planned to appeal. Talc naturally contains asbestos, which causes cancer.

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Because of its size and diversified product lines, J&J is sued frequently and investors don't panic when it loses product liability lawsuits, so its stock price rarely drops much after losses. The company also faces multiple federal class-action suits in the matter, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Concerns that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer has led to a slew of court cases in the US.

They point-out that asbestos-free talc has been used in their products since the 1970s.

The evidence concerning asbestos-free talcum products and cancer risk is more unclear. Now there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer.

Studies probing a connection between talc and ovarian cancer have returned mixed findings.

"For any individual woman, if there is an increased risk, the overall increase is likely to very be small", the American Cancer Society says.


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