Home » Health » Talcum powder ‘poses cancer risk to women’

Talcum powder ‘poses cancer risk to women’

Thursday, May 1st, 2008 | Health

, originally uploaded by adamjames.

The practice of discreetly puffing underwear with a dab of talcum powder may be increasing women’s risk of ovarian cancer.

Research shows that women who use talc have a 17 per cent higher risk of getting the cancer. Researchers say using a small amount of talc in the pelvic area may lead to it reaching the ovaries and increasing the risk of the most common gynaecological cancer in the UK, with more than 4,000 deaths a year.

In the research, published in the International Journal of Cancer this week, data on more than 3,000 women was compared. “We confirmed a statistically significant increase in ovarian cancer risk associated with use of talc in the pelvic region,” say the researchers, who are from hospitals and centres taking part in the Australian Ovarian Cancer Study Group.

The increased risk was specifically related to talc use in the pelvic region. Use on other body sites showed no association. “This suggests that use of only a small amount of talc may be required for some talc to reach the ovaries and increase risk of cancer,” says the report.

It’s not clear how talc could trigger the cancer. One theory is it may be carcinogenic to the covering layer of the ovaries when it get through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovary.


Tags: ,

previous post: Lenovo to debut its latest fashion-oriented notebook PCs ‘IdeaPad’ series

next post: Potential cancer treatment is discovered

Rally for Music Contest from LG Mobile Phones

Promotion Gives Undiscovered Musical Talent a Chance at Stardom and Fans a Chance to

The New Mobile Commerce's "NearMe" application in Sony Erics

.fullpost{display:none;} Sony Ericsson has announced the Cyber-shot C905 will come preloaded with Mobile Commerce’s

The Great Black LG M3800S-BN and M2900S-BN Super Widescreen

LG recently launched a couple of stretched displays which can be mounted either vertically

The Lessons of Life

Different people going through the same experiences in life will each learn different lessons.
Your Ad Here