Talcum powder and ovarian cancer: As many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year may have been caused by regular use of talcum powder. Talcum powder is used to absorb moisture and is widely available in various products including baby powder and adult products including body and facial powder. Talc products used regularly in the genital area could increase the risk of ovarian cancer if the powder were to travel through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. A jury recently found consumer health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew of the cancer risks associated with its talc products but failed to warn consumers.
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