Talc, commonly known as baby powder or body powder, is a very popular cosmetic and personal hygiene product that has many uses.
Talcum is made from a mild mineral called hydrated magnesium silicate, which is milled, dried and then milled. Talc absorbs moisture and reduces friction, protecting the skin.
Despite the widespread use of talc, many questions about its safety arise. In particular, talc products, such as baby powder and female body powders, have been associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
As we have pointed out, a new study indicates that women who regularly use talc for reasons for feminine hygiene are at 24% risk of developing ovarian cancer. A recent lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson suggests that talcum powder could be responsible for 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year.
Evidence of a possible link between baby powder and ovarian cancer has been around for years. An analysis of data from 16 studies published prior to 2003 revealed an approximately 30% increase in ovarian risk in talc users.
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In 2008, researchers studied more than 3,000 women and discovered that using talc once a week increased the risk of cancer by 36%. women using talc daily increased risk by 40%.
The increased risk of ovarian cancer when talcum is used in the genital area can be caused by talc particles that enter the woman's body and cause inflammation, creating an environment that allows cancer cells to grow. develop.
Since talc particles can remain in the body for a prolonged period, conditions can be met for cancer to develop for several years. In fact, some experts believe that a talc particle would take eight years to dissolve.