Ovarian cancer linked to talcum powder use

by William Mattar | September 8th, 2014

Baby powder seems mild, even harmless, but some research indicates that the talc it contains may raise the risk of developing ovarian cancer for some women. Talc is a very soft mineral which contains magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It has been used for many years in cosmetic and personal care products due to its effectiveness at absorbing moisture and reducing skin chafing. The danger lies in the fact that talc particles do not dissolve easily inside the body. This allows the particles to travel through the female reproductive system, causing irritation to the ovaries and stimulating an inflammatory response. Some believe that this inflammation may lead to development of cancerous cells within the ovaries.

The first study indicating a possible link between the use of talcum powder and increased ovarian cancer risk was published in the 1970s. More studies have been conducted since then, which have also shown similar findings, however, experts still disagree about whether or not there is a causal link between use of talcum powder and development of ovarian cancer.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, call William Mattar at (844) 444-4444 to discuss how we may be able to help you.