Baby Powder And Cancer Risks

Baby powder has been around for many years now and it is a common item that is found in most households whether you have a baby or not. It has been used to keep diaper rash away in babies and adults even use it to stay fresh under their arms or to sprinkle some through their hair to soak up excess oil. Some recent studies have determined that this baby powder is actually not as beneficial or safe as it may seem. Baby powder comes in many different varieties and from many different brands, with Johnson and Johnson being the most common. Unfortunately, these products are creating a 33 percent increase in potential cancers like ovarian cancer when used on a daily basis.

Dr. Daniel Cramer, and epidemiologist, believes that there are at least 10,000 known cases of women developing ovarian cancer as a direct result from using baby powder each day. These studies have shown this risk as early as 1982. The product has remained on store shelves since then. Talc based powders are the issue and women who use these products are 300 times more likely to develop cancer. While Johnson and Johnson have been asked to address this issue they have not yet commented on this issue and have not changed their product line. Luckily, there are many new, more organic products on the market that are safer and include better ingredients mentions Ray Lane (more info at cmu.edu).