Court Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $417 Million Over Talc Cancer Risks

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A California jury has ruled in favor of a woman who claimed that she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products for feminine hygiene.

Eva Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a "proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder," according to her lawsuit.

The 63-year-old woman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. During the 4 week trial she testified that she had been using the powder for more than 40 years, since she was 11-years-old.

"We are grateful for the jury's verdict on this matter and that Eva Echeverria was able to have her day in court," Mark Robinson, her lawyer, said in a statement.

Johnson's baby powder was launched in 1864 for cosmetic and personal care to help absorb moisture on the body.

Talc is a naturally occurring substance that consists of magnesium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. Mined from the soil, before 1973, it was often contaminated with asbestos which naturally occurred in the ground.

After the asbestos was removed however, it didn't stop some studies from linking talc with ovarian cancer.

Research still continues to be done to determine the risks of cancer in women who use baby powder.

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