Cancer Care

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Does the use of talcum powder increase the risk of ovarian cancer?

Dr. Michael Guy talks about talcum powder and its relation to ovarian cancer. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Studies conducted to find a link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer have not found a strong relationship between the two, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). Studies have suggested the presence of cancer-causing agents in talcum powder, but not a direct cause of cancer, according to the NIH.

Other studies conducted on the matter returned mixed results, with some finding a slight link, and others finding no relationship at all, according to the American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS). Research on the subject is ongoing, states the ACS.

Ask your doctor about links between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

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Michael S. Guy, MD

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Source content: Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Thomas Heck, MD, FACS, Gem City Surgical Associates; Todd Hicks, MD, FACS, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Christopher Lutman, MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology; Michael Guy, MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology