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

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Dr. Ricardo Estape
Gynecology - Oncology

In brief: Maybe

Great question. There is some data that talc crystals have been found on surface ovarian cancers increasing the suspicion that talc is involved in ovarian cancer.
There is also data that getting a tubal ligation, which can prevent talc crystals from getting to ovary, can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer. However, the exact answer is not known. Best idea is to avoid talc in the vagina or vulva.

In brief: Maybe

Great question. There is some data that talc crystals have been found on surface ovarian cancers increasing the suspicion that talc is involved in ovarian cancer.
There is also data that getting a tubal ligation, which can prevent talc crystals from getting to ovary, can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer. However, the exact answer is not known. Best idea is to avoid talc in the vagina or vulva.
Dr. Ricardo Estape
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Dr. Robert Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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