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The Dangers of Baby Powder

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The Dangers of Baby Powder
05.27.2015 News

It's summer, and that means a lot of sweat, as well as a number of strategies to combat sweat and keep the body smelling fresh and clean. That's why summer is the time when women tend to pull out the baby powder and apply it everywhere. It smells nice and it makes you feel dry, so why not? For decades, our mothers, sisters and aunts have applied baby powder, and there are whole sections of drug stores where they sell the stuff, so it couldn't be harmful, right?

Wrong. There is actually a good reason why you shouldn’t. Baby powder contains talc, a mineral containing silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. While it is very absorbent and cuts down on friction, there are some problems inherent in using it. According to several research studies in recent years, women who apply baby powder, body powder, or any other product that lists talc among its ingredients, are significantly increasing their risk of ovarian cancer; by one study, the risk is increased by about 30 percent. To make matters worse, that risk was more than doubled with frequent long-term use.

According to at least one study, if the talc in baby powder spreads to the genital area, even accidentally, it can result in inflammation and increase the risk of cancer, so researchers advised that women stop using it altogether. If a woman is prone to sweating profusely in that area, medical professionals recommended wearing cotton underwear and staying away from tight fitting pants, and possibly even sleeping without underwear on.

Instead of using baby powder, experts recommend that women wash the genital area daily, or more often, if they feel the need. But, ladies should be careful to wash their private areas with only water; they should avoid using soaps and body washes, including so-called "feminine washes." The vagina is self-cleaning, and only water is needed to activate that function; as long as the woman is clean and there is decent airflow, there should be no problem with odor and therefore, no need to use baby powder.

For those women who still want to use body powders, they should check their stores for cornstarch-based alternatives to talc-based products. Currently, there is no link between those products and cancer. But it would be best for women to stay away from using talc-based products, including baby powder, from now on.

Dealing with ovarian cancer could be one of the worst experiences any woman has to deal with; it can lead to a long period of suffering, possibly ending in death. The experienced attorneys at Blizzard & Nabers, LLP have experience dealing with lawsuits all over the country to help people recover damages for harm due to the use of baby powder or other talc-based products. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using a talc-based product, you may be entitled to compensation; please contact us online to speak with a knowledgeable attorney today.

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