Beauty & Wellness

Talcum powder causes cancer?

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Sep 2, 2010
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Isn't it awful that such a seemingly trustworthy brand/product (baby powder) would have this effect. I didn't know it wasn't talc based, but fortunately for my peace of mind I use a cornstarch based product available from Wal-Mart. It sounds like some quite expensive alternatives are trying to take advantage of the situation, but the cornstarch stuff is cheap and works well....until the next study on how toxic cornstarch is comes out.
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Oct 1, 2011
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Um, scientifically, the evidence isn't there (yet.) There isn't even a known mechanism, only guesses at this time--which may include cornstarch-based powders as well.

It could also be associative, but not causal. Seriously, how many women do you know who powder their genital region? I'm guessing the ones that do, tend to be sweatier, and/or larger, and want to manage the moisture and heat or chafing? They may not be paragons of good health to begin with. Or maybe it's their routine choice of clothes and fabrics that's causing all that discomfort they are trying to mitigate, and has health repercussions. Maybe the women who sprinkle their sanitary pads or briefs with the powder ought to be changing them more frequently, but aren't doing so when using a powder, and therefore causing themselves health problems that would happen even if it weren't talc they were choosing?

This was a jury decision and I think from a scientific point of view, J&J didn't deserve it.
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Jan 17, 2012
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So basically in this case correlation did prove causation...at least to the jurors?

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