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    Save Pakistanis From Cancer Risk And Talcum Powder Risk.

    Dear Pakistani Brothers and Pakistani Sisters:


    Talcum Powder in Pakistan, I hope talcum powder is much lower in quality than compare to USA, so as a Pakistani is our duty to inform our Pakistanis. So we can save them from Ovarian Cancer Risk and Lungs Cancer Risk.

    If you post/e-mail this Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Risk message on your Magazine/News-Paper/Radio and TV than you may warn and save our Pakistani sisters from Lungs Cancer Risk and Ovarian Cancer Risk.

    A link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer has been supported by nearly 30 studies over the past 30 years published in scientific journals.

    Dr. Bernard L. Harlow and associates at Harvard Medical School conducted a
    study where they "sought to determine whether the use of talc in genital hygiene increases the risk for epthelial ovarian cancer." Their conclusion stated "...a lifetime pattern of perineal talc use may increase the risk for epithelial cancer.." and "We discourage the use of talc in the genital hygiene, particularly as a daily habit."

    The Cancer Prevention Coalition is fighting for warning labels on products
    containing talc and have started a petition drive. They say "A wide range of scientific studies over the last three decades have clearly linked talc use and ovarian cancer."

    Both the (1)American Cancer Society as well as the (2)National Cancer Institute caution women that regular talc use has been shown to increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

    Corn-Starch Powder contains NO TALC.

    (1)American Cancer Society Report.


    Talcum powder is produced from talc, a magnesium trisilicate mineral, which in its natural form may contain asbestos, a known human carcinogen. Because of this association with asbestos, all home-use talcum products marketed after about 1973 - baby powders, body powders, facial powders - have been required by law to be asbestos-free. Asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesotheliomas (cancers affecting the lining surfaces of the pleural and peritoneal cavities).

    It has been suggested that talcum powder may be carcinogenic to the covering layer of the ovaries through the migration of talcum powder particles (applied to the genital area, sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary. Several epidemiologic studies have examined the relationship between talcum powder and cancer of the ovary. Findings are mixed, with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no association. A case-control study published in 1997 of 313 women with ovarian cancer and 422 without this disease found that the women with cancer were more likely to have applied talcum powder to their external genital area or to have used genital deodorant sprays. Women using these products had a 50% to 90% higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Storing diaphragms with powder did not significantly increase cancer risk. Since many of these women might have used products with more asbestos contamination than that in current products, the ovarian cancer risk for current users is difficult to evaluate. Until additional information is available, women may wish to consider avoiding these products or substituting cornstarch-based powders that contain no talc. One study has suggested that an increased risk, if it exists, might be confined to borderline and endometrioid (uterine-like) tumors and therefore might not affect the majority of ovarian cancers. Experimental toxicology studies have suggested carcinogenicity of inhaled, asbestos-free talc powder in some rodent species but not in others. The most recent publication on this topic, a prospective study (considered to generally be the most informative) found no effect on ovarian cancer overall but a 40% increase risk in one type -- invasive serous cancers.

    No increased risk of human lung cancer has been reported in association with the use of cosmetic talcum powder. Although some studies of talc miners and millers have suggested an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, the industrial grade talc to which such workers are exposed contains varying amounts of silica and asbestos, unlike the purified talc sold to consumers. One study of pottery workers exposed to silica dust and nonasbestiform talc showed an excess risk of lung cancer, while other studies of occupational talc exposure have not found an increased risk. While experimental evidence suggests that some forms of silica may cause cancer in animals, observational studies in humans are not conclusive.


    Cook LS, Kamb ML, Weiss NS. Perineal powder exposure and the risk of ovarian cancer. Am J Epidemiol 1997; 145:459-465.

    Gertrg DM, Hunter DJ, Cramer DW, Colditz GA, Speizer FE, Willett WC, Hankinson SE. Prospective study of talc use and ovarian cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst; 2000: 92:249-252.

    Harlow BL, Cramer DW, Bell DA, Welch WR. Perineal exposure to talc and ovarian cancer risk. Obstet Gynecol 1992; 80: 19-26.

    Hartge P, Stewart PA. Occupation and ovarian cancer: a case-control study in the Washington DC metropolitan area, 1978-1981. J Occup Med 1994; 36 (8): 924-927.

    Thomas TL, Stewart PA. Mortality from lung cancer and respiratory disease among pottery workers exposed to silica and talc. Am J Epidemiol 1987; 125 (1): 35-43.

    (2) National Cancer Institute

    PDQ Supportive Care/Screening/Prevention Information


    Epidemiologic risk factors associated with decreased ovarian cancer include (in the order of descending significance): avoiding agents associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer, such as talc and etc…,1283,00.html

    David Eschenbach, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, warns against regularly using talcum powder, or any dusting powder that contains talc, in the genital area. Over time, the tiny particles of talc move from the vagina into the uterus and end up near the ovaries. Eventually, these deposits may be a factor in the development of ovarian cancer.


    Report #7058; 3/11/97

    More than 40 years ago, studies showed that applying talcum to the body can increase a woman's chances of developing ovarian cancer. An article in the March, 1997 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology reports the same results.

    We have known for more than 50 years that asbestos causes lung cancer. During World War II, Ship workers fireproofed ships by spraying them with asbestos and as a result, suffered a very high incidence of lung cancer several years later. Those who also smoked were most likely to get lung cancer. When particles get into your lungs, special glands lining thee bronchial tubes that carry air to and from you lungs produce large amounts of mucous. Then small hairs called cilia, lining the bronchial tubes, sweep in rhythm and move the particles and the mucous up to your mouth where you swallow both and they are cleared from your body.

    Asbestos looks like barbed wire under a microscope. Its particles stick to the linings of the lungs by their barbs, which prevents the cilia from sweeping the asbestos to your mouth. Smoking paralyzes the cilia and then destroys them so you can't remove these barbed particles from your lungs. Unfortunately, talcum, which is ground stone, looks just like asbestos under the microscope, so its barbs stick to the bronchial tube linings in the same way that asbestos sticks and therefore, can also cause cancer. On the basis of the cumulative research over the last 40 years, you should stop using talcum to powder your body.

    I'm Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Fitness.

    LS Cook, ML Kamb, NS Weiss. Perineal powder exposure and the risk of ovarian cancer. American Journal of Epidemiology 145: 5 (MAR 1 1997): 459-465.

    As a Pakistani is our duty to inform our Pakistanis Brothers and Pakistanis Sisters to save them from these both cancer risk.

    Khuda Hafiz,

    Your's Pakistani Brother,

    Inkalab Hussain.

    cc: Govt Of Pakistan.