The Early Theories on the Talcum Cancer Connection

Posted by JTB Law Group, LLC on Monday, September 12th, 2016

In the year 1971, scientists were able to establish a connection between the use of talcum powder on female genitals and the development of ovarian cancer. Medical science during the 70s was not advanced enough for scientists to conclusively state the exact reason why talcum powder was a risk factor for ovarian cancer. However, the initial theories pointed in the direction of a “talc infiltration” or in other words talcum infiltrated the ovaries and essentially corrupted the cells.

Studies showed that the talc particles entered the reproductive tract through the vagina and then the cervix. Researchers believed that these particles eventually arrived at the uterus, from where they were moved to the ovaries through the fallopian tubes. Early theories suggested that the presence of a foreign substance in the ovaries promoted the growth of cancerous cells in the female reproductive system.

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