Should I stop using talcum powder?

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talcum powderSource: The Guardian – LUISA DILLNER

A study has found an increased risk of between 20% and 30% for ovarian cancer in women who used talc for what some call ‘intimate personal hygiene’

Traditionally used on babies’ bottoms and by older women, talcum powder is a soft, sweet-smelling way of keeping skin dry and avoiding rashes. Yet it may have more troubling effects. Research has been rumbling on for more than a decade, looking at whether the talc in talcum powder can cause cancer. Last week a study pooling the results of eight research papers involving almost 2,000 women found an increased risk of between 20% and 30% for ovarian cancer in women who used talc for what some newspapers reporting the study call “intimate personal hygiene” but doctors call the genital area. So should we stop dusting talc? Read more…

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