Most studies have found no link between cancer and the chemicals used in cosmetic and toiletry products such as moisturisers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes.1 The majority of countries have strict regulations to ensure these products are safe.

Some studies have found a link between talcum powder (talc) and ovarian cancer, but there’s not enough evidence to be certain of this. Even if there were an increased risk, scientists estimate it would be small. Not smoking, followed by maintaining a healthy weight through eating a healthy diet and keeping active, are the most effective ways to reduce your cancer risk.

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1. World Cancer Research Fund. Myths and controversies about what causes cancer. 2017.