Women's Health

The 10 Most Dangerous Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer

Use of talc baby powder

1. Use of talc baby powder

In February, 2016, a woman in Missouri who used talc baby powder as a feminine hygiene product for 35 years ended up dying of ovarian cancer. They found enough of a connection for the jury to award the family 72 million dollars.

In May, 2017, a jury awarded a woman in Virginia 110 million dollars for the same issue.

There are 2,400 pending lawsuits against a company producing the products. They are still on the market.

Prior to the 1970s, manufacturers used asbestos in talc products. Talc products can be found in beauty products from cosmetics to other consumer products.

Asbestos was an absolute link to cancer, but the asbestos-free products have mixed reviews. There is evidence though that talc particles can make their way up the vagina and stay there for up to 8 years. They can also stay in the lungs for years.

According to the American Cancer Society, many studies have confirmed a risk of ovarian cancer to the asbestos-free talc-based powder.

Doctors from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston say that regular use of talcum powder increases your risk of ovarian cancer by 25 percent. Their data is from 8 studies, including 8,525 women who were diagnosed.