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Talcum powder possibly linked to 10 percent of ovarian cancer cases

An estimated 20,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year, and more than 14,000 die annually. Risk factors include family history, mutations of the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, and use of fertility drugs. A lesser-known risk factor is use of talc-containing products on the genital area for personal hygiene. The first research on talcum powder and cancer dates back to 1971, when British researchers found talc particles “deeply embedded” in 10 out of 13 ovarian cancer tumors. A decade later, researchers showed the first statistical link between genital use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Since then, another 20 ... Read More