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Doctors Find Link Between Talcum Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer

Doctors have found a small, statistically significant link between women's talcum-powder use and ovarian cancer, but the jury still is out on whether cosmetic products containing the ingredient actually can cause harm, these experts said.

Dr. Paolo Boffetta, associate director for cancer prevention at The Tisch Cancer Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, reported his team's finding in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention.

"Overall, it is about a 20 percent higher risk for women who say they used talc, compared to women who say they did not use it," Boffetta said in an interview...

Three cases have won large jury awards - the most recent a $70 million verdict in October to a California woman who said she used baby powder for years before her ovarian cancer emerged...

An estimated 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed annually, and 14,000 women die each year of the disease, according to statistics from the American Cancer Society.

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