Multiple studies over the years have suggested that talcum powder causes an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries.
In fact, based upon studies concerning cancer in human exposed to talc, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies the use of talcum powder on the genital area as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
In the early 1970s, researchers found talc particles deeply embedded in a majority of all ovarian tumors. One particular study published in The Lancet, a medical journal, in 1979, discusses talc found in normal and malignant ovarian tissue.
A June 2013 study published in Cancer Prevention Research found that women who used talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes may increase their risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer by 20% to 30% compared to those who do not apply talcum powder.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian or uterine cancer, or if someone you know has died from ovarian or uterine cancer after exposure to talcum powder, please contact us right away. You can fill out a free case evaluation form, or call us for a free consultation.