For more than a century, Johnson talcum powder and other talc products have been available as essential for baby care and women's hygiene. However, more and more studies have found an association between the use of soft baby powder and ovarian cancer.
Baby powder has been sold as a safe and indispensable personal care product for decades. However, growing research shows that inhaling the powder or using it near a woman's genitals can increase a person's risk of getting cancer.
Doctors and scientists have raised concerns about the possible relationship between powder and cancer for more than 50 years.
At the same time, initially there were concerns about the possible relationship between powder and ovarian cancer. Since 1982, at least 21 epidemiological studies have shown that the spread of powder near the female genitals – a habit known as "perineal dusting" – can increase the risk of developing fatal diseases.
There are several theories about how using powder can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Some scientists believe that the powder moves to the female canal and causes cell inflammation, which eventually turns into cancer.
Others believe that women inadvertently pollinate themselves with asbestos-contaminated powder, a mineral known to cause cancer. The asbestos they theorized migrated to become women and damaged cells in a way that caused them to become cancerous.