A recent study has found that women who routinely talcum powder around their genitals increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 33%.  The report obtained the results by asking over 2000 women with ovarian cancer and 2100 women without ovarian cancer about their usage of talcum powder.  Those that regularly applied the powder around their genitals increased their risk of ovarian cancer by 1/3.  Talc is a mineral powder that absorbs moisture, and is used in several hygiene products such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.  Earlier this month, the medical device company was ordered to pay $72 million dollars to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who died of ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc based products for years.

“Talc is a good drying agent, but women should know that if it’s used repeatedly, it can get into the vagina and into their upper genital tract,” said Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, lead authority in the study.

Every year, around 14,500 women die from ovarian cancer.  Read the source article at US Recall News