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Is talcum powder dangerous?

If you are a woman in Lake Charles who regularly uses talcum powder for personal hygiene, you might be alarmed by recent reports involving talc-based products and the risk of cancer. While these products are deemed safe by respective manufacturers, many women are still concerned about their lifetime usage of such products, and some have even filed lawsuits alleging that manufacturers were not forthcoming about possible risks.

Fox News reports on one study that probed the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Although a possible association with this cancer (which causes the deaths of 14,500 women in the U.S. on a yearly basis) and talc-based products was first raised in 1982, subsequent research has proved inconclusive. However, the recent study found a heightened risk among women who regularly used talcum powder for genital hygiene.

Two groups of women were surveyed regarding their use of talcum powder; one group comprised of 2,100 women were without an ovarian cancer diagnosis, while the other group (made up of 2,041 women) were afflicted with this cancer. The results showed that the women who used talcum powder regularly had a higher risk of ovarian cancer by 33 percent. Additionally, health organizations around the world are conflicted when it comes to talcum powder’s potential dangers. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not consider the substance a threat, The World Health Organization does list it as a potential carcinogen.

Amid the calls from some health professionals to include warning labels on products containing talc are assurances that talc-based products have a safe and effective history of use. Despite the ongoing debate, most agree that further testing is required to ensure that these products are safe for consumers.


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