Since the first study that detected a connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer in 1971, word has begun to spread that this seemingly innocent household product can be extremely dangerous to women. Talc is the key ingredient found in baby powder. How does this naturally occurring mineral lead to cancer? The following is an overview.
The Mechanics of Talc and How it Leads to Cancer
Throughout the world, talc is mined, crushed, dried, and milled to be used in consumer products. This soft mineral is made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is found in a wide variety of household goods, including the following:
- Food additives
- Baby powder
Talc was specifically used in baby powder because it has an ability to absorb moisture, reduce friction, and prevent rashes. Women often used this mineral in baby and body powder products for purposes of genital hygiene. When talc is used in this area, particles may enter the reproductive system. When the talc particles reach the ovaries, studies have shown that ovarian cancer cells can then grow. The particles create an inflammatory response, which then increases cell proliferation and damage to DNA. The result may be the malignant transformation of the ovarian cells. Frighteningly, these particles can remain within body tissues for many years.
Unfortunately, the risks of using this substance appear to be significant. Studies have shown that women who use talcum powder products in their genital area are three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer. That is certainly a frightening statistic.
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