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New test can identify twice as many cases of ovarian cancer

Clinical trials on a new screening method being tested in the United Kingdom indicate the new test can detect ovarian cancer in twice as many women compared to traditional methods. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecological cancer and one of the most deadly of all cancers because it is difficult to detect early, when treatment is most effective. Most often, the cancer is found after it has spread beyond the ovaries. Thus, early detection is key to survival. The trial, conducted by the University College London, used a new algorithm to evaluate levels of the blood protein CA125, which is ... Read More

Woman developed deadly cancer from talcum powder product

A 73-year-old woman who developed the fatal lung cancer mesothelioma after using talcum powder with traces of asbestos was awarded $13 million by a Los Angeles jury who found the manufacturer Colgate-Palmolive Co. was responsible for the woman’s illness. Billions of dollars have been paid in verdicts and settlements in cases where people have developed mesothelioma and other serious lung conditions from exposure to asbestos. However, most of those cases involve people who have worked in the construction materials or insulation industry. The woman’s case is somewhat unique because she was a consumer who was exposed to asbestos through a ... Read More

Widower files lawsuit against manufacturers of talcum powder products

James Chakalos says manufacturers of talc-containing products knew that using talcum powder in the genital area for personal hygiene could increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women, but they refused to add warnings on the products’ labels. James has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers claiming his wife’s lifetime use of the products caused her to develop the deadly cancer, which took her life in 2012 at the age of 63. Named in the suit are Valeant, which recently purchased the Shower to Shower brand from Johnson & Johnson, as well as Chattem, maker of ... Read More

FDA cannot guarantee baby powders, body powders do not contain asbestos

Pathologists, cancer specialists and experts in lawsuits have warned that products like baby powders and body powders containing talcum powder can cause deadly mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has no legal grounds to protect consumers from these products. Talcum is derived from talc, a natural mineral composed of other minerals such as asbestos, a known carcinogen which has been linked to the deadly form of lung cancer, mesothelioma. Talcum powder is found in cosmetics and body and baby powders. It also has been used in the manufacturing of tires, paper, thermoplastics, polymers, paints, and ... Read More

Tampons may help doctors detect ovarian cancer

Tampons could one day be used as a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer, according to researchers fro the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Researchers studied tampons that had been placed in the vaginas of ovarian cancer patients and found tumor DNA in cells trapped within the tampon fibers. “In about 60 percent of the patients who had their (fallopian) tubes still intact, we were able to pick up tumor cells, or essentially tumor DNA, in the vaginal tract,” said Dr. Charles Landen, associate professor of gynecologic oncology. Having fallopian tubes still intact would be key for the study since the ... Read More

Study links personal hygiene use of body powder to ovarian cancer

An estimated 40 percent of women use talcum powder in the genital area for personal hygiene, but the practice may be putting them at an increased risk of developing deadly ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. The journal Cancer Prevention Research recently published a study that showed regular use of talc-containing powder applied to the genital area was associated with a 24 percent increased risk of ovarian tumors. The study, conducted by researches with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed data from 8,525 women who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and an additional 9,800 women who did not ... Read More

Doctor advises patients to stop using talc for personal hygiene

“I have always advised gynecologists [that] if they examine a woman and see she is using talc in the vaginal area, to tell her to stop,” Daniel W. Cramer, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., said in an interview at an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting. Cramer’s advice is based on the results of more than 20 epidemiologic studies that have linked the use of talcum-based powders in the genital area to a 30 percent greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. That risk increased by three- to fourfold among women who used ... Read More

Talcum powder for personal hygiene increases ovarian cancer risk

Women who use products containing talcum powder on their genitals for personal hygiene are at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. Several small studies have been conducted and show evidence of ovarian cancer risk among women who use powder on their genitals. However, the data has not produced strong enough findings. Researchers with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center in Boston, Mass., conducted a meta-analysis of several studies to see if they could strengthen or weaken ovarian cancer claims with genital powder use. Their ... Read More

Does baby powder cause ovarian cancer?

Talcum powder, also known as body powder or baby powder, offers a soft, pleasant-smelling way of keeping skin dry in order to prevent rashes, but it could cause more harm than good. A new analysis of eight research papers involving nearly 2,000 women found that those who used talcum powder on their genital areas were at a 20 to 30 percent greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. Talcum powder comes from the milling of talc rocks and contains minerals such as magnesium and silicon. The powder used to contain asbestos, known to cause mesothelioma, a type of cancer of the ... Read More

Dr. Weil warns against using baby powder on infants

Don’t be fooled by names, baby powder should not be used on infants, warns Dr. Andrew Weil, medical doctor and writer on holistic health. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using baby powder as do many individual pediatricians,” he says. The issue is talcum powder, derived from talc, a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. It may also contain asbestos, a mineral that has been linked to lung cancer. The danger in using baby powder on infants, Dr. Weil says, “is that babies can easily inhale tiny particles of it that are light enough to be carried in the ... Read More