It has been a debate for years whether or not talcum powder causes ovarian c****r after a woman d**d of ovarian c****r, a result of having used talc powder as a feminine hygiene product for a long period of time. But what does science say? Should woman avoid using talcum powder by now?
What is Talc?
According to IFLScience, talc is a form of magnesium silicate, widely used as a cosmetic or hygiene product, but it also has many industrial uses. It is used to make ceramics, paints, paper and roofing materials. But talc deposits are often found near asbestos ore, which means it could be contaminated with asbestos.
Since then, questions started to surface about the links between workers exposed to talc and ovarian c****r after researchers found that asbestos could cause c****r of the lungs and pleural cavity (the lining of the lungs).
Body talc is commonly used as a domestic product because of its ability to absorb moisture and eliminates friction. But some women use it as a feminine hygiene product, having serious effects when reaches the ovaries by traveling through the v****a, uterus and fallopian tubes.
There are several factors that contribute to the risk of having ovarian c****r. Back in 1987, a report said that there was no clear and inadequate evidence for talc causing c****r. If there is, the risk would be very small, said American C****r Society.
According to the 2013 analysis of Harvard University, 8,525 ovarian c****r cases and 9,859 controls concluded that g*****l talc powder use is associated with a small-to-moderate increase in the risk of various sub-types of ovarian c****r.
Moreover, “g*****l powder use was associated with a similar increased risk of borderline and invasive ovarian c****r overall” and “avoidance of g*****l powders may be a possible strategy to reduce ovarian c****r incidence,” the study said.
This more a precautionary policy than a threat.