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How likely is ovarian cancer related to the use of baby powder?

Many recent news stories have been been circulating about the potential correlation between the use of talcum powder and an increased cancer risk. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has even issued a statement warning those concerned about potential risks to discontinue using the product until further research is conducted.

While medical experts aren't yet 100 percent convinced that an individual's use of talcum powder is potentially cancer causing, many lawsuits have recently been settled based on that assumption.

It would seem that all the concerns that have been expressed in recent years about the use of baby powder center around a key ingredient with which the product is made: talc. Much like asbestos, talc is a natural substance. Because asbestos is known to result in a debilitating form of cancer known as mesothelioma, individuals have begun to fear that talc can as well.

Many fear that talc contains asbestos, since it did prior to its banning from all U.S.-made or imported products in the 1970s. Many don't realize that talcum powder also ceased to be made with the mineral at that same time.

Concerns still linger, largely because recent studies conducted on women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have shown higher rates of the deadly disease among former talcum powder users.

ACS suggests that this increased risk in ovarian cancer could be attributable to other factors. They also note that cancer often isn't a fast-appearing illness, but instead develops over time. They suggest that women may not adequately remember their powder use habits across a span of time. The International Agency for Research on Cancer says there's still a plausible correlation.

Until further research with more conclusive results is carried out, it's likely to continue to be a matter of debate. If you've developed ovarian cancer and are a former user of baby powder, a New Orleans talcum powder attorney can advise you of your rights.

Source: The Insider, "Here's what you need to know about baby powder and cancer risk," Caroline Praderio, accessed Dec. 08, 2017

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