Is talcum powder associated with the risk of developing ovarian cancer?

Some women, especially the older generation, use talcum powder for genital hygiene “to absorb odor and moisture.” This practice is also common among moms when changing their babies’ diapers. However, it has grown controversial due to reported cancer risks.

In 2018, a global pharmaceutical giant was even ordered to pay out more than 4 billion dollars to 22 women who claimed that they developed ovarian cancer because of the company’s talcum powder products. An appeal is said to be in progress.

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Yesterday, the Journal of the American Medical Association or JAMA released a new study titled ‘Association of Powder Use in the Genital Area With Risk of Ovarian Cancer’.

The findings reveal that there was NOT a statistically significant association between the use of powder in the genital area and ovarian cancer. This analysis of pooled data was reportedly based on 252,745 women (median age at baseline, 57 years). They also stated that the study, however, may have been underpowered to identify a small increase in risk.

JAMA is a medical journal that publishes original research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of biomedicine. Read the full research details here.

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