Does Baby Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?

This week is a chaos to the cosmetic giant, Johnson & Johnson,  that was ordered to pay $417 million to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer and was linked to a continuous usage of the company's talcum-based body powders for several decades. The trial claimed that J&J failed to warn its consumers of a possible cancer risk posed by using its baby powder and shower products.

Is it really confirmed that the talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer knowing that most of the household nowadays has baby powder sitting on cabinets?

The science is still uncertain. Some studies found small to moderate increase in cancer risk, but this investigation had relied on women self-reporting. It is somewhat inaccurate because of a creeping determinism that encourages people to connect significance to something like they've used talcum powder after an issue has been spread out, but not before.

“While on the whole studies have seen a modest increase in the risk of ovarian cancer in women who use talc on their genitals, the evidence isn’t completely clear,” according to Cancer Research UK.

To eliminate hindsight bias, researchers tracked a group of healthy women who have used talcum powder for several years that are more likely to acquire ovarian cancer.  The Cancer Research UK has used this method to determine if there is a link between the two, but they found no link at all.

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