The use of talcum powder in the genital area has been linked to ovarian cancer since the 1980's. Studies published in May 2015 in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer found that talc use increased the risk of ovarian cancer by 30-60%. This has been confirmed by other recent studies by the National Cancer Institute. The connection between talc and ovarian cancer was made stronger when scientists discovered talc minerals inside cancerous tumors removed from women's bodies. Until recently, only one talc lawsuit had been won in federal court, but it awarded no damages. In February 2016, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to decades of use of baby powder. That woman was from Birmingham, AL and was represented by Montgomery lawyer Jere Beasley of Beasley Allen.

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