Talcum Powder Alternatives

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By 98.5 KTK

Talcum powder, also known as baby powder, has been used for decades on the skin of babies to prevent diaper rash, those suffering from eczema and to prevent chaffing in sensitive areas.  Most recently a jury awarded $29 million to a woman who says she got cancer from using baby powder.  There have also been reports of a heighten risk of ovarian cancer in women who use talcum powder. However a new 11-year study has concluded there is no statistically significant association between the use of talc or other powders in the genital area and ovarian cancer. Of the 252,745 women who answered questions about whether they used any type of talcum powder, it found that women who used talc around their genitals had an 8% increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to those who never used it. But because the lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1.3%, the increase is considered "not a statistically significant association," according to researchers. However it is causing many women to ditch baby powder altogether and there are plenty of other options to reduce skin irritation and chaffing. Cornstarch is a great natural alternative to talc. The consistency is exactly the same, so it'll help soak up wetness just as well. Arrowroot starch and tapioca starch are also all-natural alternatives to talc as is baking soda. There are also plenty of commercial baby powder alternatives that are talc-free.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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