What Is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a type of malignant cell growth that takes place in the ovaries. Unfortunately, it is a life-threatening and often fatal disease. This type of cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system to develop. It has been nicknamed “the silent killer,” since oftentimes symptoms do not noticeably surface until the cancer has already spread throughout the body and has become no longer treatable.
What Are The Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer?
Oftentimes, ovarian cancer is hard to detect, as a lot of the early symptoms are also similar to those of common and less-serious illnesses. However, some of the early signs of ovarian cancer development can include the following:
- Abnormal or absent menstruation
- Frequent and/or intense urges to urinate
- Vaginal bleeding
- Back pain
- Lack of appetite or difficulty eating
- Vomiting or nausea
- Unexplained fluctuation of weight (either weight loss or gain)
- Stomach or lower abdominal pain
How Does Talcum Powder Increase The Risk Of Ovarian Cancer?
For many years, cosmetic companies and manufacturers advised women to use talcum powder in their undergarments in order to reduce unwanted odors and absorb moisture. Talc has also commonly been used in various female hygiene and birth control products, such as sanitary products and napkins (including pads, pantyliners, and tampons), diaphragms, and other products.
When sprinkled in the undergarment and left near the vaginal region, it is thought that the talc particles from the powder enter the vagina and migrate through the reproductive system, eventually winding up and embedding in the ovaries. Once the talc is in the ovaries, the particles can lead to the development of cancerous cells.