Special Health Alert For Senior Women: Talcum Powder May Cause Cancer
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is best-known as an ingredient in baby powder.
It is also an ingredient in thousands of cosmetics, feminine hygiene products, contraceptives , deodorants, anti-chafing products, and more.
Recent lawsuits have alleged that companies such as Johnson & Johnson were aware of this risk but failed to take steps to warm consumers.
Since then, numerous studies have been published but experts do not agree that there is a causal connection between perineal talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Kills- over 140,000 women a years.
Signs Of Ovarian Cancer
Abdominal or Pelvic Pain, Bloating, Feeling Full Quickly, Urinary Problems
Why Does Ovarian Cancer Affect Women
Talcum powder usage around the genitals increases ovarian cancer risk.
1 out of 5 American women apply talc powder to the genitals.
Talc travels through the vagina, uterus, and Fallopian tubes to the ovaries. May cause inflammation and growth of ovarian cancer cells.
A possible 30 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer with the perineal or genital use of talcum powder.
Products that Contain Talcum:
Baby Powder, Eye Shadow, Face powder, Deodorant powders, Shower to Shower Body Powder and other cosmetic products.
Recent studies linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer:
Anticancer Research – Meta-analysis of 16 studies found a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer from perineal talcum powder use, but no causal relationship.
Cancer Epidemiology – Harvard researchers compared 1,400 women with ovarian cancer to 1,800 healthy women and linked the use of talcum powder with a 36% increased risk of ovarian cancer.
You should reduce your exposure to talcum powder !
Studies of personal use of talcum powder have had mixed results, although there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk.
There is very little evidence at this time that any other forms of cancer are linked with consumer use of talcum powder.
Until more information is available, people concerned about using talcum powder may want to avoid or limit their use of consumer products that contain it.
For example, they may want to consider using cornstarch-based cosmetic products instead.
There is no evidence at this time linking cornstarch powders with any form of cancer.
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