Talcum Powder Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk – by 24%

Holy Hormones Journal: Angelina Jolie -did you read this?  Doubts about the safety of talcum powder have been around since the 1970’s – and this according to the FDA?  So where does one find talc? Baby powder is the most obvious. Feminine hygiene products the second…. being fresh at what and whose cost? Antacids, pesticides, and crayons. Talc is used in smaller quantities in deodorants, chalk, crayons, textiles, soap, insulating materials, paints, asphalt filler, paper, and in food processing. No doubt that chemicals affect women’s hormone and reproductive health.
How about a new concept – being fresh by being healthy? Decades of feminine hygiene ads have gotten women into yet another mess.  The manufacturers do not care.  Yet another profit making scheme on our pelvic goldmines.

Women who regularly use talcum powder increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 24%

  • Particles applied to genital area travel into the body causing inflammation, ‘allowing cancer cells to flourish’
  • 40% of women are said to regularly use talcum powder
  • Using talcum powder on other parts of the body is not thought to increase ovarian cancer risk
Mail Online
By Pat Hagan
PUBLISHED: 12:03 EST, 18 June 2013

fem fresh talcWomen who regularly use talcum powder to keep fresh raise their risk of ovarian cancer by almost a quarter, scientists said last night.

Forty per cent of women are thought to use talc daily for  intimate personal hygiene.

But the researchers warned that talcum particles can travel into a woman’s body and cause inflammation, which allows cancer cells to flourish.

Several previous studies have investigated the link between the powder and tumours.

Some have detected links with ovarian and womb cancer but others have proved inconclusive.

In the latest probe, doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, U.S., pooled data from eight separate studies to try and come up with a definitive answer.

This kind of research, known as a meta-analysis, is designed to produce stronger findings than smaller, individual studies.The researchers analysed data from 8,525 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and compared talcum powder use with that of 9,800 women who remained cancer-free.The results, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, showed regularly applying the powder particles after bathing or showering raised the risk of an ovarian tumour by 24 per cent.

Powder particles applied to the genital area can travel into a woman’s body and trigger inflammation, which allows cancer cells to flourish

More than 6,000 women a year in the UK are diagnosed with cancer of the ovaries.

The disease accounts for about five per cent of cancer deaths in women. It’s sometimes known as a ‘silent killer’ because for many victims symptoms only appear once it is already fairly advanced.

The main risk factors include a family history of the disease, having already had breast cancer and starting periods at a young age.

Researchers stressed the results only apply to talcum powder used in the genital area and not the rest of the body.

Some studies suggest the risks are greatest in the estimated one in ten Caucasian women with a certain genetic profile.

Women carrying a gene called glutathione S-transferase M1, or GSTM1, but lacking a gene called glutathione S-transferase T1 (GSTT1), are nearly three times as likely to develop ovarian tumours.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.