talcum powder

Talcum powder can boost the risk of cervical cancer by nearly a quarter, new research has shown.

Research published in in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, showed that women who regularly use talcum powder to keep fresh raise their risk of ovarian cancer by 24 per cent.

Around 40 per cent of women are estimated to use talcum powder for intimate hygiene, while millions of others across the world use it on their newborn babies.

But the particles from talcum powder can travel into a woman’s body and cause inflammation, which allows cancer cells to flourish.

Other studies have highlighted the association between talcum powder and tumours, revealing that talcum powder has often been found inside of tumours.

Talcum powder is chemically similar to asbestos and in its purest form, may actually contain asbestos itself.

Talc, like asbestos, is mineralogically classified as a hydrated magnesium silicate. As such, talc not only resembles asbestiform minerals, but also has a carcinogenic effect like that of asbestos. Occurring naturally in nature, anthophyllite asbestos is formed from the natural breakdown of talc.

The study is similar to a previous study by Harvard Medical School released in 2010 which showed that older women who had been through the menopause, and regularly used talcum powder were at a greater risk of getting cancer of the womb.

According to the report: “Studies indicate that women start using talcum powder at an early age and continue using it for decades. Talc is a known inflammatory agent. Regular use, defined as at least once a week, was associated with a 24 per cent increase in risk among post-menopausal women.”

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