Talcum Powder And Ovarian Cancer: What You Need To Know

  • August 11, 2020
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Baby powder or talcum powder is considered a basic hygiene product. It is considered as excellent moisture absorbent. It effectively reduces friction. Applying talcum powder reduces discomfort and you may feel fresher for a longer time duration.

There are many shreds of evidence which show that the long-term use of talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer.

Women with prolonged use of talcum powder are diagnosed with cancer. After this many women and their families have filed talcum powder cancer lawsuit against companies like Johnson & Johnson for not warning the consumer about the risk associated with the product use. 

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Defining talcum powder 

Talcum powder is also named as baby powder. It is formed through natural mineral known as talc. Talc is obtained through mining. This substance is generally made up of silicon, oxygen, and magnesium. Talc is been used for quite a long period of time. There are many industrial applications where it is used.

Talc gives a smooth texture in hygiene products as grounds up particles are very fine. The use of talcum powder is done in makeup and beauty products in order to enhance texture and absorption.

People also make use of talcum powder on the area of skin that rubs against each other.

The Possible Cause of Ovarian Cancer – Asbestos in Talc

When talc is mined it has traces of other minerals. One such mineral whose traces are found in talc is Asbestos. Asbestos is also known as a carcinogen and is harmful to human health. If this substance is accidentally inhaled, it can lead to tissue damage.

There are also cases when it resulted in cancer in people who are working in mines. Mesothelioma is the name of cancer that occurs due to asbestos. Traces of this mineral in talcum powder triggered another kind of cancer also like ovarian cancer in women.

Studies have found that there is a clear association between long-term use of talcum powder on the genital part and ovarian cancer. The asbestos in talcum powder leads to ovarian cancer. Talc particles go from external genital area to the interior which results in ovarian cancer.

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