Use of Talc-based Powder Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk
The use of talc-based powder has been associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer in some, but not all, studies. In a new study published in Cancer Prevention Research, researchers found that “genital powder use is a modifiable exposure associated with small-to-moderate increases in risk of most histologic subtypes of epithelial ovarian cancer.”
Examining data from thousands of women, the researchers found that genital powder was associated with a modest increased risk of epithelial ovarian cancer. There was no increase in risk among women who used the powder only on other parts of the body.
Several OCRF grantees were involved in the research, including the study’s first author, Dr. Kathryn Terry.