Does the use of Cosmetic and Deodorant Powder in Genital areas increase risk of Ovarian cancer ?

Some women apply powder to their private area, either through direct application or on underwear, sanitary napkins, diaphragms or tampons.

Some studies have previously raised the concern that this deodorant powder, particularly talc powder, can increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

A high quality study looked at the “Association of Powder Use in the Genital Area With Risk of Ovarian Cancer“.

The study findings are reassuring.

The study found no major significant association between use of powder in the genital area and ovarian cancer.


Association of Powder Use in the Genital Area With Risk of Ovarian Cancer. Katie M. O’Brien, PhD; Shelley S. Tworoger, PhD; Holly R. Harris, ScD; et al. JAMA. 2020;323(1):49-59. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.20079

Penninkilampi  R, Eslick  GD.  Perineal talc use and ovarian cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Epidemiology. 2018;29(1):41-49. doi:10.1097/EDE.0000000000000745

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