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Ovarian cancer and talcum powder

Ovarian cancer and talcum powder



At first glance this looks like a weird association. Talc is a cosmetic product for external use, and the ovaries are located very deep in our body. However, numerous statistical studies have found an increase in the number of ovarian cancer cases in women who have consistently used talc applied in the intimate areas.
Why has this seemingly irrelevant association been studied?
Talc is a mineral substance, hydrated magnesium silicate, which is also part of the asbestos composition which is a mixture of magnesium silicate and calcium silicate. Both talc and asbestos have a wide industrial use being practically indispensable elements in the chemical industry, of the construction materials, of the manufacture of paper, paints, ceramics, cosmetics etc.
It has become known over time that many of those who have worked with these substances have become ill with bronchopulmonary cancer, which is considered a professional disease in the respective categories of workers. With such a wide spread, the whole phenomenon benefited from the careful analysis of the researchers. Thus the association of the use of talc as a cosmetic product with ovarian cancer was discovered.
The explanation found by the researchers is that talc, although a relatively chemically stable substance, reached in certain types of tissue (such as those inside the lungs or ovary) produces local irritations, which, sustained by prolonged exposure, increase much the risk of establishing cancerous disease.
It seems that, used at the vulva level, talc (like other cosmetic, medicinal or even microbial substances) can ascend through the vagina, aided by local fluids and movements, including sexual ones. Reached the ovaries are sufficient quantities small, but constant to maintain this irritation.
Fewer cases of ovarian cancer have been found in women who have tubules linked, the explanation being precisely that these exogenous substances and microbes have the pathway to the blocked ovary.
Measures to prevent ovarian cancer
This disease usually has a silent evolution often being detected only in advanced stages when treatment is difficult, traumatizing and with low efficiency. Among the factors most often involved in the onset of the disease are genetic predisposition (which may mean hormonal, humoral, functional, immunological disorders, inherited status or not), infertility and some treatments against it or other hormonal treatments, some gynecological disorders and their treatment, smoking , obesity, use of talcum powder, etc.
I reduce the risk of developing the disease:
• use of the contraceptive pill,
• bringing one or more children into the world and breastfeeding them,
• a healthy living with a poorer diet in animal fats and rich in fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidant factors etc.
And if we talked about talcum powder, it's best to avoid it as much as possible.
The chances of recovery are high if the disease is discovered at an early stage, so the most effective way to fight it is regular gynecological consultation. Even if you don't mind anything, it's a good idea to have a gynecological consultation at least once a year.