Nobody knows the cause of ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in women, but nobody knows the actual cause and there’s currently no screening test that can be performed for it. But scientists have been able to identify some of the risks.
Tracie Miles says, “We know people with the BRCA gene which raise your cancer risk if they mutate and can be inherited have a higher risk of getting ovarian cancer. We know that women usually over 50 have a higher risk, while women who have taken the Pill and had multiple pregnancies reduce their risk.”
“Everything has a potential to be carcinogenic. But women might want to know why was it asked specifically if talc is carcinogenic? Why did that question come about?”
Dr Ahmed Ismail explains that women should not be using talcum powder on their genital area. But this isn’t because it can cause cancer, but because it can cause other complications such as vaginal infections.
He says, “We don’t advise women to use any powders in the genital area,” he says. “It’s moist and if it mixes with the powder it becomes muddy and easily prone to infections. It can go into the cervix or uterus and spread further.”
“It’s really, really unnecessary to use talcum powder. Some women think it will dry the area but it doesn’t – it makes it much more inflamed and easily attacked by infection.”
Midwife says parents shouldn’t use talc on babies
Former midwife and baby expert, Clare Byam-Cook, advises that parents don’t use talcum powder on their babies. But not because there is any link to cancer, but because it just isn’t necessary.
She says, “In the old days we used to dust babies all over with talcum powder but it’s a waste of money,” she says. “Babies don’t need any lotions and potions, so long as they’re washed and dried properly. Unlike us oldies, their skin is perfect and doesn’t need anything. They don’t need talcum powder, so why use it?”
And other experts are in agreement.
Source of article:- www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/can-talcum-powder-really-cause-cancer/ by Radhika Sanghani
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