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Talcum Powder and Douches Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Jul 18, 2016

The use of talc-based body powder on the genital area and douching may increase the risk of ovarian cancer. On July 23, 2016, a study will be presented in Cape Town, South Africa at the 27th International Nursing research congress, reports

Sandra Cesario, PhD of Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing Texas Women's University in Houston, Texas led the study involving 1,274 women aged 18 to 76. The subjects who completed an online survey resulted in 553 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, 91 with another form of cancer, and 630 women with no sign of cancer.

Among women who used douches, they were more likely to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer than those who did not. Among those who used douches, 33 percent developed ovarian cancer compared to 22.4 percent among non-users. Those who douched were associated with 34 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, reports.

Merriam Webster defines 'douche' as "a jet or current of liquid (as a cleansing solution) directed at or into a bodily part of cavity," for hygienic or medical reasons.

Among women using talcum powder in the genital area, 54.4 percent developed ovarian cancer as compared to 39.9 percent among non-users. Talcum use in the genital area was also linked with 76 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer, reports

Over 1,200 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits are now pending around the country. Further allegations include that Johnson & Johnson has had knowledge of the connection between talc and ovarian cancer, but profits came before consumer safety leading to withholding of information and warnings to the public, reports Business News.

When douching and body powder were both used, the risk for developing ovarian cancer proved to be even greater.

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