Ads of ecstatic women using talcum powder on their baby’s bottom have been seen for decades which give off the vibe that talcum powders are anything but unsafe for the genital area. However, the truth is far from the claim because recent studies link talcum powders directly with ovarian cancer in women. The suspicion regarding talcum powders go 4 decades back and even though ovarian cancer is dependent upon numerous factors, it is quite likely that when talcum powder is used in the genital area, the talc particles can make their way to the ovaries through the vagina and fallopian tubes and contribute to the risk of developing cancer.
The evidence to support this claim actually came out in 1971, where it was found out that in fact, as much as 75% of the ovarian cancer tumors consisted of talc particles. About 10 years later, a study conducted by Harvard University suggested that women who used talcum powders or baby powders ran a 30% more risk of developing cancer than the ones that didn’t. Additionally, in 1997 it was found out through an internal memo that Johnson & Johnson’s – manufacturer of baby powders – knew about this risk but thought this factor wasn’t big enough for them to discontinue the sale of their talcum products or even warn the users about this danger for them to take well-informed decisions.
Regardless of the facts and data produced, big-shot companies continue to deny any association of talcum powders with cancer by claiming that the evidence is not enough to maintain a connection between the two. After the studies were put forth, Johnson & Johnson’s continued to sell its products without offering any sort of warning on the bottles of its talcum powder for more than half a century.