While there are those that claim the connection between the regular use of talc and ovarian cancer in women is small, the evidence is mounting against that claim. Both studies and the courts are asserting that the regular use of talcum powder is at least in partially to blame for the development of ovarian cancer in women who use it.
According to Dr. Daniel Cramer, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and director of the OB/GYN Epidemiology Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a recent study published in 1982, the findings in the report suggest a strong link between genital talc use in women and cancer of the ovaries.
Cramer and his team have conducted two-dozen additional epidemiological studies and have found strong evidence that suggests that regular talc use may increase a woman’s overall risk of ovarian cancer by about 30 percent. The studies have also suggested this most recently in premenopausal women, especially those who are nonsmokers and women who are heavier. It has also shown up in post-menopausal women who used hormone replacement therapies.
According to Cramer, a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer appears to increase the longer she uses talc on her genitals or the more often she applies the powder over time. It has been difficult, according to Cramer, to ascertain just how much talc a woman uses for each application and how to determine how much of it actually gets into the vagina.
Talc is known to contain an inflammatory agent in it. Inflammation on a constant basis may cause a predisposition to cancer. The ovarian tissue of cancer patients examined under a microscope has shown talc present within the tissue. Even if a woman has not developed ovarian cancer, talc can be found in tissue taken from lymph nodes of women who have used in the genital area. When talc is used on the genitals, said Cramer, it can work its way into the vagina and eventually migrate to the ovaries located in the upper genital tract. It is there where talc causes potential inflammatory responses to the substance and potentially disrupts the immune system’s response. It is not exactly known just how that it happens, however.
It is a reasonable expectation that if a product causes harm illness or death of consumers using those products in good faith, then the company that manufactures the product should be held accountable.
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