Warning! Talcum powder can cause Ovarian Cancer

OMG!!!! I hate to read something like that! Simply because I used talcum powder everyday! Now I am wondering if that is the cause why I can’t conceive? *scratch head*

If you or your kids are using talcum powder, I suggest you stop… Read on to find out why…

GEORGE TOWN: Be careful the next time you sprinkle yourself with talcum powder or inhale it as it has been found to cause cancers and tumours, said the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP).

Magnesium silicate hydroxide, also commonly known as talc, is the main ingredient in baby, medicated and designer perfumed body powder.

CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said the latest findings from the United States suggested that women who used talcum powder were 40% more likely to suffer from ovarian cancer.

“Talc particles are capable of moving up the reproductive system and becoming embedded in the ovary lining.

“Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian tumour and they have also discovered that women with ovarian cancer used talcum powder on their genitals more frequently than healthy women,” he told a press conference at the CAP headquarters here Tuesday.

He said that researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston studied over 3,000 women and found that those using talcum once a week had a 36% chance of getting ovarian cancer, while those using talcum daily had a 41% chance.

Talcum, Mohamed Idris added, was also a health risk when exposed to the lungs as the puffy white cloud of powder ended up being inhaled by babies.

“Talc can cause the baby’s airways to swell and lead to pneumonia, and has been linked to asthma in children. Statistics show that several thousands infants die or become seriously ill each year due to inhalation of baby powder,” he said.

He urged the Health Ministry to place a warning on products containing talc and to stop the marketing of baby powder containing talc.

“Consumers should revert to using the traditional ‘bedak sejuk,’ which is made of rice flour or powder made from corn flour,” he added.


This piece of news was published on The Star today.

Guess I must go make my own bedak sejuk from now on…. *sigh*



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0 Responses to Warning! Talcum powder can cause Ovarian Cancer

  1. Angeline says:

    ok, this sound like something on the super Red Alert… but (don’t laugh ah)… what is Talcum Powder? What’s the Mandarin name?

  2. Allisia says:


    It’s call 爽身粉。

  3. Irene says:

    aiyooor… i feel naked without bedak le, i use johnson2 wan, lil missy also le… how ah… walao! 😦

  4. laundryamah says:

    hmm actually this one hor old news leow…i came to know about it like more than 10 yrs ago but when i told ppl about it, ppl thot i gila..

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  5. muahahaha….laffing at laundryamah’s comment 😀 yeah..i heard about it too last time. i don’t put any powder on myself or ashley 😉 better be safe than sorry.

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  6. rachel says:

    really meh????? must be some perfume ppl wanna make extra bucks… ok ok jokes aside.

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  7. i knew this sometime ago, my gynae also advise not to use powder, also in baby book got advise dont use powder…so Naomi never use powder before…

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  8. michelle says:

    I tot only if u use it at that area. Anyway I knew about this long ago, never use talc on baby.

  9. Rozani says:

    guys, for your information i’ve been screening thru the net to find talc free based powder and Crabtree & Evelyn has a few you can find them here. sure beats the unsightly smell of bedak sejuk i suppose 😛


  10. What doesn’t cause some sort of cancer these days? Scary to think a simple think like this may have serious consequences.

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