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On July 12, a jury in St. Louis awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women who used talcum powder as a daily feminine hygiene routine. Unfortunately, six of the women involved in the case have already died from ovarian cancer. The 16 others worry the same is going to happen to them. That is because talcum powder has long been linked to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, a form of cancer that originates because of asbestos. Mesothelioma is a low-level inflammation in the lungs that takes years to manifest. Ovarian cancer is the most aggressive form of cancer and a diagnosis is devastating. Why asbestos? In the 1970s, asbestos was found in talc mines. Cervical and ovarian tissue samples showed talc residing in women who were biopsied who had cancer. The majority of claims argue that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. Since then, experts have debated within the court system about the…