Using Mouthwash Could Increase Risk of Cancer by Nine Times, claim Scientists
According to the National Cancer Institute, the symptoms of oral cancer can include bleeding inside of the mouth and loss of teeth.
"The potential that could have to sales of Listerine for J&J would be absolutely devastating," said Philip Hoffman, an attorney for the plaintiff company, OCPI.
On July 6, OCPI sued J&J for at least $60 million for protecting the sales of Listerine over the distribution of its product, the OralCDx Brush Test, which helps to detect and prevent oral cancer, according to the OCPI lawsuit.
The OCPI website says that the BrushTest is used to determine if a common oral spot contains abnormal cells that may develop into oral cancer. The company claims that in the last 10 years, the BrushTest has helped to prevent more than 21,000 cases of oral cancer.
Johnson & Johnson spokesman Marcus Boston refused to comment on the case beyond a prepared statement emailed to ABC News.
In 2008, The Australian Dental Journal published an article on a study that found, "there is now sufficient evidence" that "alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer."
The same article added, "It is inadvisable for oral healthcare professionals to recommend the long-term use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes."
Although the study did not mention Listerine or any specific brands, Listerine antiseptic mouthwash may contain up to 26 percent alcohol, according to the Listerine website.
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