Does talcum powder increase the risk of ovarian cancer?
Jennifer Makin, MD, explains how the controversy regarding talcum powder and ovarian cancer began and its similarities to the association between asbestos and mesothelioma. Some studies have shown that women who use talcum powder for feminine hygiene have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, explains Makin, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Upstate. Other studies have not shown a significant association. She recommends that women not use talcum powder in the genital area.