Talcum Powder and Endometrial Cancer
Research has established a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. When talcum powder products are used for feminine hygiene, talc particles can travel to the ovaries, where they may cause cancer to develop. To arrive at the ovaries, talc particles must travel through the uterus. As reported by the American Cancer Society, one study concluded that perineal talcum powder use may also cause endometrial (uterine) cancer.
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What Is Endometrial Cancer?
Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). It is the most common type of cancer of the uterus and may also be referred to as uterine cancer. Fortunately, endometrial cancer is often detected in the early stages, as one symptom of the disease is abnormal vaginal bleeding, for which women are inclined to seek medical attention. Symptoms of endometrial cancer may include:
- Pelvic pain
- Abnormal blood-tinged or watery vaginal discharge
- Bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Post-menopausal vaginal bleeding
In most cases of endometrial cancer, the recommended treatment is surgical removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) and removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. After a hysterectomy, a woman is no longer able to bear children. Removal of the ovaries will also bring on menopause, if it has not already occurred, regardless of the age of the patient.
Women with endometrial cancer are likely to require additional treatment after removal of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Treatment may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy.
Research Linking Talcum Powder Use to Endometrial Cancer
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a study in 2010 on perineal use of talcum powder and the risk of endometrial cancer. The analysis included 66,028 women with 599 cases of endometrial cancer diagnosed between 1982 and 2004. Researchers concluded that the study results suggest that perineal use of talcum powder increases the risk of endometrial cancer, particularly for post-menopausal women.
How Could Talcum Powder Cause Endometrial Cancer?
When talc particles enter the body through the vaginal canal, they can travel through the cervix into the uterus — and through the uterus and fallopian tubes into the ovaries. Pathologists have found talc particles in the reproductive organs and pelvic lymph nodes of women who have used talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
If talc particles become embedded in the lining of the uterus, they can trigger an inflammatory response. Talc does not dissolve and may remain in the tissue for years, so the inflammation continues, creating an environment in which tumors can develop.
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