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New study shows no significant link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer


(WTNH) — Thousands of lawsuits are looming against companies accused of failing to warn people about health concerns related to talcum powder. But a new study reveals that there’s no significant link between the powder and cancer.

It’s widely used in cosmetic products like baby powder and adult body and facial powders, but talcum powder has come under fire recently in high-profile court cases with concerns that women who use talc-based powder around their genital areas may be at risk for ovarian cancer.

A new study suggests that there is no statistically-significant link, but researchers say questions remain.

The study, of of the largest on the topic to-date, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Out of more than 250,000 woman studied, a little more than 2,100 developed ovarian cancer.

The researchers found 61 cases of ovarian cancer per 100,000 women who had used the powder, versus 55 ovarian cancer cases in that same amount of women who had never used the powder.

But researchers admit, the study “may have been underpowered to identify a small increase in risk,” in part because there weren’t many cases of ovarian cancer among the women studied.

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