Baby Powder Danger: Conflicting Info
Does baby powder cause ovarian cancer? The information is overwhelming and confusing. Research shows at most, a very weak link. However, about 2,000 lawsuits have been filed by women claiming talcum powder caused their cancer, and thousands more cases are being reviewed by lawyers. Recently, two lawsuits ended in verdicts worth $127 million, while two other cases were thrown out of court because there wasn’t enough evidence to convince a judge of the connection.
Talcum powder has been used for generations. Talc is a soft mineral that forms a powder when crushed. It is used in personal care products and cosmetics to absorb moisture and also in other household products, like paint and plastics. Many women use talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
Studies evaluating the risk of ovarian cancer from using baby powder are limited. Some of these studies have shown no link and others have shown a 20 to 40 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer in women who use talcum powder. For now, these mixed results are the best we have—from the medical professionals and in the courts.
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