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Friday, April 29, 2016

Why You Need to Keep This Product Away From You and Your Baby!

Women have been using this product for years and years. It is most commonly used on babies to keep them dry, but it is also used by women in cosmetics. The product has recently hit the news as a potential cause for ovarian cancer. What is it? Talcum powder.

The facts

The facts, according to the American Cancer Society, do show that there is some potential danger is regular use of talcum powder. But it is important, first, to separate the facts before making a decision as to whether or not talc is dangerous to use.

Types of talc

Talc actually comes from a mineral deposit, and the flakes are known as talcum powder. Talc is not soluble in water, so it has been used in everything from baby powder to cosmetics, and in making paper, plastic, paint and coatings, rubber, food, electric cable, and pharmaceuticals. In earlier years, talc often contained asbestos until the 1970s when talc products used in the home eliminated the use of asbestos due to its proven link to lung cancer.

But, this doesn't mean that asbestos-free talc is risk free. Some of the concerns expressed by the American Cancer Society include:

  • Some studies have suggested that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries if the powder is used in the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms where it could travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary.
  • Some studies have indicated an increased risk of lung cancer and respiratory health problems among miners and millers of talc.
  • One study linked genital talcum powder to a small increase in the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer in women who are past menopause.

So, does talcum powder cause cancer?

More research is necessary before a final ruling can be made on talcum powder's link to cancer. But it is possible, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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