The Food and Drug Administration says that logical studies have shown a link between ovarian cancer and the use of products that contains talc.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2006 categorized talcum powder as probably carcinogenic to humans if used in the genital area by women. Genital use of talc has been linked to an increased risk of 44 % for epithelial invasive ovarian cancer.
According to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, African-American women are at the greatest risk of ovarian cancer diagnosis associated with talc.
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In this study, the researchers found that African-American women who regularly used talcum powder have a 30% increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to a control group.
The increased risk of ovarian cancer increased to over 40% among African American women who have regularly applied talcum powder on the genital area.
Worryingly, the researchers noted that African American women have been heavily targeted by marketers of talcum powder.
Talc is a common ingredient in many household products. Talc may be present in a wide variety of makeup, personal care products, and other household items.
You should consult a doctor if you have symptoms of ovarian cancer, which may include bloated feeling, Pain in the abdominal area, upset stomach and nausea, difficulty eating, constipation, backache, changes in your period, or swelling in the abdomen associated with weight loss.