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Popular baby powder allegedly caused cancer in pro-figure skater

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An increasing number of lawsuits are alleging that women who use a popular baby powder are increasing their chances of getting ovarian cancer.

The maker of the product says there's no danger.

Shawn Blaes of St. Louis was a mother and a professional figure skater. Her husband said that for almost 40 years, she relied on "Johnson's Baby Powder” to stay dry and comfortable when skating. Six years ago, at age 47, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died three years later.

In a lawsuit now, her husband claims that the talcum powder caused her cancer. Jim Onder represents the family.

“The pathologist actually found talcum powder in her ovaries, as additional evidence that the talcum powder had made its way through the fallopian tubes, up to the ovaries…and set the inflammatory cancerous process in motion,” said Onder.

The lawsuit claims the company has known for 30 years that talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer when used regularly for feminine hygiene. Such lawsuits have been increasing in number since last October, when a jury in South Dakota found that Johnson's baby powder did contribute to ovarian cancer. The jury awarded no damages, because the victim had survived the cancer.

“They found that Johnson and Johnson was responsible or was negligent in failing to properly and adequately inform consumers about the risk of ovarian cancer associated with the product,” added Onder.

Johnson and Johnson spokesperson Carol Goodrich gave FOX 32 News a statement Monday that said, "We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers who rely on our products. It is important for consumers to know that the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence and independent peer-reviewed studies."

Blaes' lawsuit was an individual complaint. Last week, a class action lawsuit was filed against Johnson and Johnson in St. Louis, claiming the company failed to disclose dangers to consumers.

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