Can something innocent like baby powder make you more vulnerable to health problems that are as serious as cancer?
Cosmetic powders have recently come under fire because of litigation that links their routine use with an increased risk of cancer.
Some women with ovarian cancer have filed talcum powder litigations against pharmaceutical giants Johnson and Johnson, who say that years of using their baby powder are responsible for their current health. Baby powder is made of talc, which contains magnesium and silicone.
Raw powder is known to contain traces of asbestos, a proven carcinogen. When the carcinogenic properties of asbestos are revealed, talc powder producers make special efforts to eliminate them.
Scientists continue to discuss whether powder powders today still pose health risks. However, here are some key facts that you should know if you are a regular user:
It Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk – All types of powder, including baby-friendly choices, can accelerate the development of ovarian cancer if a woman's genitals are regularly exposed to it for long periods of time.
Powder is also found in other cosmetic products – besides powder, soap, toothpaste and antiperspirants, most makeup products also contain powder.
Cosmetic powders increase the risk of lung cancer – those who work in powder mines are more likely to develop lung cancer over time because they inhale large amounts of talc fiber and other toxic substances such as radon.