A survey conducted on a body powder used by women has revealed that the product poses a great risk of causing cancer.
The research conducted in the US revealed that women who used powder on their genitals had a higher probability of getting ovarian cancer.
According to the survey, users of genital powder were at 40 percent risk of suffering from cancer, while those who used non-genital powders only had an increased risk of more than 30 percent.
Principal investigator Joellen Schildkraut highlighted that in a sample of 584 black women with ovarian cancer, 63 percent of them used the genital powder.
“I was a cynic until these recent studies came out. As you look across all these studies, I would say, why use it? It’s an avoidable risk for ovarian cancer,” Schildkraut said.
A separate lab test cited by Reuters linked the findings to a substance called talc, contained in the genital powder. Women who routinely applied talc to their crotches, sanitary napkins, tampon and underwear, faced a 33 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
US-based pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has been on the spot for a long time with users accusing the company that its baby powder contained talc which is allegedly carcinogenic.
In May this year, an American woman was granted Sh500 Million in compensatory damages and Sh50 Billion in punitive damages after she claimed Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder-based products caused her ovarian cancer.