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Why is talcum powder a cause of ovarian cancer?

Why is talcum powder a cause of ovarian cancer?

Talc in ovarian ca: One explanation for a possible association between talc and ovarian cancer is that decades ago talcum powder was sometimes contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Is it regular, long term use of talcum powder in the genital area that increase risk of ovarian cancer? What about a handful of times only?

Is it regular, long term use of talcum powder in the genital area that increase risk of ovarian cancer? What about a handful of times only?

Very unlikely: Talcum powder use for life long may have some risk to cause Ovarian cancer. But this risk, if real, is very small. So in your case I would advise you to stop using it in future but not worry about your past use which was ever so minimal. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use deodorant which contain aluminium? I heard there is a risk of getting cancer especially breast cancer. How true is that?

Is it safe to use deodorant which contain aluminium? I heard there is a risk of getting cancer especially breast cancer.  How true is that?

Not true: For you mammogram it is important not to wear deodorant, lotion or powder on your upper chest/breast or under the arm. You can put these on after your study is complete. Otherwise, it is okay to use deodorant. ...Read more

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Does the use of talc (talcum powder) as a feminine powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer?

Does the use of talc (talcum powder) as a feminine powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer?

Sometimes: The world health organization classifies talc that contains asbestos as a carcinogen and talc without asbestos as not yet classifiable. Several studies have shown an increase in ovarian cancer with talc use as high as 300% after daily use for 25 years. The problem is that some talc contains asbestos and some does not and the label does not have to disclose that it is present. Best to avoid it. ...Read more

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What is a carcinogen tha may cause colon cancer?

What is a carcinogen tha may cause colon cancer?

Not known: The nature of carcinogen(s) that cause colon cancer is not known. Incidence of colon cancer is higher with increased intake of fats and low intake of dietary fiber. ...Read more

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How likely is I to get colon cancer? 22 male I don't smoke or drink and no family history just a lack of appetite is that a main sign of colon cancer?

How likely is I to get colon cancer? 22 male I don't smoke or drink and no family history just a lack of appetite is that a main sign of colon cancer?

Not likely: Without a family history a 22 year male is highly unlikely to have colon cancer. Lack of appetite may be due to many causes would require a detailed history, physical examination and lab and/or imaging studies. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

It's possible: A breast cancer may exist in a cyst if there is a mass in the cyst or in the wall of the cyst. A simple cyst is unlikely to be cancerous. Usually cancerous cysts are complex and may have separations within it. In any event either removal, aspiration with follow up, or repeat imaging my be needed to ensure the cyst is not cancerous. ...Read more

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With no family history of colon cancer and im 22 if I have poor appetite what is the chance it could be cause of colon cancer?

With no family history of colon cancer and im 22 if I have poor appetite what is the chance it could be cause of colon cancer?

Highly unlikely: At your age, the most common cause of a poor appetite would be emotional, such as depression, anxiety, or tremendous stress. There are also medical conditions (like ulcers or bowel inflammation, problems in the pituitary, chronic infections or inflammations) that can decrease your appetite. Medications and drug use (like cocaine) can also cause a poor appetite. Please see your doctor to evaluate. ...Read more

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What can cause pain under the arm? Is this a sign of breast? Grandmother recently died of breast cancer. How common is breast cancer in a 24 year old?

What can cause pain under the arm? Is this a sign of breast? Grandmother recently died of breast cancer. How common is breast cancer in a 24 year old?

Many things, no, not: Several things can cause pain under your arm. Breast cancer is usually a painless event and most commonly found by ultrasound, mammogram or by physical examination with evidence of a lump or mass. Breast cancer is relatively infrequent in 24-year-olds ...Read more

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Does DMDM hydantonin really cause cancer? It's in a lot of hair products.

Does DMDM hydantonin really cause cancer? It's in a lot of hair products.

No real evidence: Relax. I tracked this down and it's invented. You make formaldehyde in your own body. This kind of campaign is driven by people's understandable, somewhat-rational preference for "natural" stuff, but this one has no basis. If this were true, a research piranhas could make a lifetime rep -- how science is driven -- by proving it. The stuff is a skin sensitizer and some people are allergic to it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if talc causes cancer, why is it that it is found in antacid tablets and makeup?

Could you tell me if talc causes cancer, why is it that it is found in antacid tablets and makeup?

TALC - risk: I believe you are referring to the use of talc and risk of ovarian cancer. Yes, it is believed that there might be a correlation or increased risk with the use of talc and ovarian cancer. Not other cancers. ...Read more

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I have heard how benzene is known to cause cancer and it's a derivative of petroleum so is there any amount of it on vaseline?

I have heard how benzene is known to cause cancer and it's a derivative of petroleum so is there any amount of it on vaseline?

Forgive my frankness: Everything can be "shown to cause cancer" if you do some bad studies, and in fact the law in California requires essentially everything to be labeled as "known to cause cancer." In real life, people who work around huge amounts of benzene have gotten a high rate of leukemia. The traces in vaseline are infinitesimal. You cannot avoid all carcinogens. Get comfortable with this. I had to. Best wishes ...Read more

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Found out there is also a risk of breast cancer in my family. Could a mastectomy be considered preventive medicine in my case?

Found out there is also a risk of breast cancer in my family. Could a mastectomy be considered preventive medicine in my case?

Not necessarily: You need to have a discussion with your doctor about all the details and may get a genetic test. Even after that it is not an easy call, but it is not an issue for this forum. ...Read more

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Can I get a hysterectomy because there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

Can I get a hysterectomy because there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

Sometimes: Usually this is only considered if the patient has a known genetic predisposition, such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (associated with brca1 and brca2). Talk to your doctor to see if your family history meets the criteria for testing for an inherited cancer syndrome. Note that these syndromes only make up a small fraction of the cancer diagnosed here. ...Read more

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22 yr old I am are colon cancer a rare sign of colon cancer? Its not listed as the signs of colon cancer im scared I may have it because of noappetite

22 yr old I am are colon cancer a rare sign of colon cancer? Its not listed as the signs of colon cancer im scared I may have it because of noappetite

Rarely: No appetite (anorexia) is a rare and late presentation of colon cancer. Your age is another reason you are unlikely to have colon cancer. Rectal bleeding, change in stools or abdominal pain/bloating are more common symptoms. Anorexia can indicate other problems so i recommend you see your doctor, especially if it is making you lose weight! ...Read more

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What I , am asking is if ovary is enlarged due to cancer ia it from a mass or can cancer make ovary enlarge without any type of mass?

What I , am asking is if ovary is enlarged due to cancer ia it from a mass or can cancer make ovary enlarge without any type of mass?

Ovarian mass: If somebody has ovarian cancer, you would see some sort of mass/cystic mass there in ovary. The problem is that many times, prople can have cysts in their ovaries comes and goes and majority of those cysts are benign. So, you really need to monitor all those cysts closely. You can not have ovarian cancer without a devleopment of some sort of mass. ...Read more

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I'm 24 years old, is it harmful using deodorant as my mother died because of breast cancer at age 45? I heard deodorant causes/ leads breast cancer

I'm 24 years old, is it harmful using deodorant as my mother died because of breast cancer at age 45? I heard deodorant causes/ leads breast cancer

Not at all: I am so sorry to hear about your mother. That must have been extremely difficult for you. It is still ok to use deodorant. Do make sure that you examine your breasts regularly, and insist that your doctor do the same. Even in the us, doctors are often too perfunctory in their breast examinations. With a family history of early breast cancer, you cannot afford that. ...Read more

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I've used baby powder a handful of times mostly after waxes to prevent chaffing. Is it only with regular, long term has ovarian cancer becomes a risk?

I've used baby powder a handful of times mostly after waxes to prevent chaffing. Is it only with regular, long term has ovarian cancer becomes a risk?

Low Risk: While Talc powder is a known risk factor, the prevalence of ovarian cancer is very low in the general population ( Approximately 1.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with ovary cancer at some point during their lifetime). This cancer is not common. I would recommend stopping the use of talcum based powder if possible . having kids, using birth control pills are protective factors! Dr M ...Read more

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Is excess of dandruff a possible symptom of cancer?

Is excess of dandruff a possible symptom of cancer?

No..: It could be a sign of allergy, malnutrition, or anxiety, but not cancer. If it's not responding to shampoos, see a dermatologist, who should be able to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is chest pain a common symptom of lung cancer if cancer is causing pain how big would a tumor have to be and what is the likelihood of showing on xray?

Is chest pain a common symptom of lung cancer if cancer is causing pain how big would a tumor have to be and what is the likelihood of showing on xray?

Here is my guidance: Chest pain can be caused from many causes, lung cancer is not the first thing that should come to your mind. If the pain has been present for more than one week and your concern is cancer, a Chest X-ray will show it easily. But you should go see a doctor first in case your pain is persistent for >1 week.. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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