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In this episode, we discuss the controversial research related to using body powder and whether the powder causes ovarian cancer. Johnson and Johnson say that their products are absolutely safe but what do the studies say?

Today’s featured microbiologist:

Ashlei is a microbiologist at a pharmaceutical company in the Philadelphia area. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Millersville University. In her spare time, she focuses on spreading her love for microbiology (and other sciences) through her blog and Instagram. In particular, Ashlei hopes to inspire more colored women to pursue the sciences.

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Today’s interesting topic was provided by Jada Samone

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Show sources

J&J: Facts about Talc Webpage

Owen Dyer  Johnson & Johnson knew for decades talcum powder contained asbestos, reports allege

D.L. Longo, R.C. Young COSMETIC TALC AND OVARIAN CANCER

The Chronicle Herald Jury awards $417M in lawsuit linking talcum powder to cancer.

Deer, W.; Howie, R.; Zussman, J. An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals

J. Henderson, C. A. F. Joslin, K. Griffiths, A. C. Turnbull TALC AND CARCINOMA OF THE OVARY AND CERVIX

Daniel W. CRAMER, Rebecca F. LIBERMAN, Linda TITUS-ERNSTOFF, William R. WELCH, E. Robert GREENBERG,John A. BARON and Bernard L. HARLOW GENITAL TALC EXPOSURE AND RISK OF OVARIAN CANCER

Serena C. Houghton, Katherine W. Reeves, Susan E. Hankinson, Lori Crawford, Dorothy Lane,

Jean Wactawski-Wende, Cynthia A. Thomson, Judith K. Ockene, Susan R. Sturgeon Perineal Powder Use and Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Joellen M. Schildkraut, Sarah E. Abbott, Anthony J. Alberg, Elisa V. Bandera, Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan, Melissa L. Bondy, Michele L. Cote, Ellen Funkhouser, Lauren C. Peres, Edward S. Peters, Ann G. Schwartz, Paul Terry, Sydnee Crankshaw, Fabian Camacho, Frances Wang, and Patricia G. Moorman Association between Body Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer: The African American Cancer Epidemiology Study (AACES)

*Note* I am not an expert in this field. All literature interpretations are from my perspective and do not always reflect the intention of the authors.