powder is a combination of the mineral talc mixed with powder,
often used to absorb moisture and some women use it for
feminine hygiene. While the American Cancer Society says talc
is not a known carcinogen, it does offer a statement that talc
in body powder form could cause ovarian cancer if the powder
comes in direct contact with the genital area.
Clinic’s Dr. Daniel Breitkopf says, "Genital talc use
has been associated with an increase in ovarian cancer risk by
some epidemiologic research studies, while others have not
found an increased risk. A definitive cause and effect
relationship cannot be established by epidemiologic
studies." He continues, "Therefore, it is unknown if
the increased chance of ovarian cancer in talc users seen in
these studies is due to the talc or some other cause."
an expert in obstetrics and gynecology, adds, "There is
some evidence that talc particles may migrate through the
genital tract, through the uterus and fallopian tubes, thus
exposing the ovaries and lining of the pelvic organs
(peritoneum) to the substance. Whether talc particles cause
ovarian cancer has not been definitively determined by
scientists. Given the uncertainty regarding talc, it seems
prudent to limit its use in the genital area."