Talcum Power Ovarian Cancer FAQs
Talc powder doesn’t break down within the human body, and talc fibers can remain in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic lymph nodes for years.
Ovarian cancer caused by talc products is believed to be the result of talc fibers traveling through the vagina and into the ovaries. A medical specialist can review your medical records and perform diagnostic tests to determine if talc fibers are present in your ovaries.
Women who use products containing talcum powder in their genital region on a regular basis are considered most at risk of developing ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder.
According to the American Cancer Society, the average woman faces a 1.4 percent risk of developing ovarian cancer during her lifetime. Talc powder may elevate the risk to 1.8 percent—or a 30 percent overall increase in risk.
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