A study reported in May 2016 links talcum powder with ovarian cancer in African American women. Talcum powder products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have been associated with ovarian cancer for more than 40 years.
Previous studies show a strong connection between women’s use of talc on or near the genitals and a significantly increased risk of ovarian cancer. This latest study showed a link between ovarian cancer and use of talc not just near the genitals but anywhere on a woman’s body.
According to the study’s findings, women who used talc for feminine hygiene had a 40% increased risk of ovarian cancer. Women who used talcum powder in areas other than on or near the genitals still showed a 30% increased risk of this deadly cancer.
Study Specifically Looks at African American Women
Many epidemiologists have noted that African American women are under represented in health condition / disease cause-and-effect studies. Researchers determined that a study of the effects of talc on African American women was particularly important because:
- marketers of talcum products have specifically encouraged black women to use talcum powder, and
- because African American women use more talc products than other women
A 2015 survey showed that 44% of black women use talcum powder. But only 30% of white women and 29% of Hispanic women use these powders.
The study looked at 584 African American women who had ovarian cancer and 745 who did not. Almost 63% of the women with ovarian cancer reported using talcum powder. Approximately 53% of the women without cancer also reported using talc.
The scientists who conducted the study concluded:
- that the study confirmed earlier findings that use of talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer, and
- that the study showed an even stronger connection between ovarian cancer and talcum powder use than earlier studies
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