Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?

Talc powder is made of powder, a mineral consisting mainly of the elements oxygen, silicon and magnesium. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and reduces friction, keeps skin dry and prevents rashes.

It is widely used in makeup products such as baby powder and body and face powder for adults, as well as in a number of other consumer goods.

In its normal form, some talc contains asbestos, that is known to cause cancer in and around the lungs when breathe in (see Asbestos). You can know more about talcum powder cancer at

Most of the concerns about the possible relationship between powder and cancer focus on:

Do people who are exposed to long-term powder particles at work, such as Talc Miner, have a higher risk of lung cancer.

Do women who regularly use powder in the genital area have an increased risk of ovarian cancer?

It has been suggested that powder can cause ovarian cancer if dust particles (applied to the genital area or diaphragms, sanitary napkins, or condoms) reach the ovaries through the uterus, and fallopian tubes.

Many studies in women have examined the possible relationship between powder and ovarian cancer. The results are mixed, with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and others not increasing.

Prospective cohort studies that generally do not have the same type of potential bias generally do not show a significant increase in ovarian cancer risk. However, some indicate that there may be an increased risk in certain groups of women (eg women who still have intact reproductive tract) or in some types of ovarian cancer.