Transcript - Talcum Powder - Increasing the Risk of Cancer

Women who regularly use talcum powder increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 24%. Made from talc, a known carcinogen, talcum powder is composed of elements of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It helps to absorb moisture and cuts down on friction, making it useful in keeping skin dry and preventing rashes. Talc is commonly found in cosmetic products like baby powder and adult body and facial powders.

Ongoing studies suggest that talcum powder might cause ovarian cancer if the powder particles travel to the ovary. Powder is often lightly applied to the genital area or transmitted through sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or tampons. Reportedly Baby Powder and Shower to Shower manufacturer Johnson and Johnson were aware of the link between talc and ovarian cancer and did nothing to warn consumers. They assert the research is not strong enough to warrant a warning.

Each year, 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Dr. Daniel Cramer of Harvard University estimates that talc was the contributing factor in 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year. An estimated 20 - 40% of women regularly use talcum powder daily for intimate personal hygiene. It’s important to note that using talcum powder on other parts of the body has not been linked to ovarian cancer.

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