Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

New research indicates a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer

The research was released in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

According to a recently released study, there is a connection between using talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Those who use the powder regularly or for extended periods of time run a larger danger.

The research, which was released in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, discovered a connection between the use of talcum powder in the genitalia and ovarian cancer, a disease that starts in the ovaries, the female reproductive organs.

Often, ovarian cancer is not discovered until it has spread to the stomach and pelvis. Ovarian cancer is more deadly and more difficult to treat at this point.

In depth

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health looked at the relationship between female hormone-related malignancies and intimate care items in this study.

The study’s data, which included over 50,884 women in the US between 2003 and 2009, served as the basis for the paper. Data were gathered throughout enrolment (2003-2009) and follow-up (2017-2019) about the usage of genital talc and douching.

The women, who ranged in age from 35 to 74, were more susceptible to breast or ovarian cancer since they each had a sister who had been diagnosed with the disease. Across all scenarios taken into consideration, the researchers discovered that 41%–64% of subjects douched and 35%–566% used genital talc. The study found that frequent douching and douching in early adulthood were positively connected with ovarian cancer, while neither talc nor douching was linked to breast or uterine cancer.

Take away

Regarding the question of whether “talcum powder is linked to cancer, it is important to distinguish between talc that is asbestos-free and talc that contains asbestos,” according to an American Cancer Society report.

It stated that it is widely acknowledged that breathing in asbestos-containing talc can lead to cancer. Less is known about the evidence for talc free of asbestos. The last update to the report was made on December 6, 2022.

It further noted that numerous research in women have investigated the probable link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The findings have been inconsistent, with some studies suggesting a slightly higher risk and others reporting no increase.

By Parvathy Sukumaran

Parvathy Sukumaran is a Content Creator and Editor at JustCare Health. She is an Educator and a Language Lecturer. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and an M.A in English Literature. She is passionate about writing, archaeology, music and cooking.

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