Talcum powder or baby powder is a personal care product that is widespread and seems harmless. However, there is increasing data that long-term use of powder regularly can lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Some women are filing lawsuits against manufacturers of talcum powder who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer are suing and winning in court, proving that companies like Johnson & Johnson have failed to make consumers aware of the risks.
What is talc powder?
Talcum powder, also called baby powder, is a hygiene product made from natural minerals called talcum powder. Talc is a mineral that mainly contains silicon, magnesium, and oxygen.
People have used the talc for thousands of years, but it was widespread in the United States at the end of the 19th century.
Because the particles are very fine in basic conditions, the powder ensures a smooth texture in hygienic products. It is used in makeup and other cosmetics to improve absorption and texture. Dust powder and baby powder are widely used by users to absorb moisture and reduce friction.
There is a clear correlation between long-term and regular use of talc powder in the genitals and ovarian cancer in women. The presence of asbestos, the well-known human carcinogen, is a reasonable explanation for how this product can cause ovarian cancer.