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The Dangers of Talcum Powder Use
Talcum powder contains talc, a clay mineral that is used in cosmetics to keep surfaces dry and to prevent sticking.
Some companies, like Johnson & Johnson, have encouraged women to include their Baby Powder or Shower to Shower talc products as part of their daily health and beauty routine.
To keep the area cool and free of odors, women applied the talcum powders to their genitals or sprinkled it in their underwear. It has been suggested that even though the powder is applied externally, some powder particles could travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries.
On May 12, 2016, an epidemiologist at the University of Virginia released a study showing that regular use of talcum powder placed African American women at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. An estimated 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,500 die from it annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).