THIS POPULAR POWDER IS SILENTLY CAUSING OVARIAN CANCER IN THOUSANDS OF WOMEN
Baby powder is found in many homes. It isn’t just for a baby’s bottom, many women use it to help keep their skin soft and young looking. However, what most people don’t know is that the talc found in baby powder has been linked to ovarian cancer.
Although it has yet to be classified as a carcinogen, Dr. Cramer estimates that talc-based baby powder and body powder are responsible for thousands of cases of ovarian cancer every year in the US.
An association between talcum powder–specifically, its use in the genital area–and ovarian cancer has been found by multiple studies, including one published in 2008. That study found that women who use talcum powder daily could have a 41 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Although some studies have found no link between talc and ovarian cancer, Dr. Cramer suggests this has to do with the length of the study.
“The main problem is that most of the studies don’t show a so-called dose response,” says Dr. Cramer. “That is, the longer you use it and the more times you apply it, the greater the risk.”
Real Life Story
A South Dakota woman, Deane Berg, who developed premenopausal ovarian cancer after 30 years of using Shower to Shower body power, brought suit against Johnson & Johnson (J&J), claiming it failed to warn consumers about the dangers of talc and ovarian cancer.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was premenopausal. This is odd considering only 25% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are premenopausal. She also has no family history of the disease.
When Dr. Cramer performed tests, the results were clear.
“We calculated that she had had more than 8,000 applications of talcum powder. Tests showed the talc was in her ovaries, her endometrium and lymph nodes,” he adds.
“You could see her sort of tearing up when this information came out during the trial,” says Dr. Cramer. “Here was this talc in her lymph nodes. It had been there forever. She had no idea this
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