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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