7 Health Myths Your Doctor Wishes You Didn't Believe
Let's clear up some popular misconceptions—once and for all.
A sprinkle of talcum powder a day will keep moisture away.
Baby powder (or scented talcum powder) can be easily inhaled into the lungs and, worse, has been linked to cancer. Harvard researchers recently found that postmenopausal women who use talcum powder in their genital area just once a week increase their risk of developing endometrial cancer by 24 percent. Another Harvard study found a strong link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer (it can increase the risk of developing the cancer by up to 40 percent). In general, family doctors have stopped recommending that women use talcum powder to absorb wetness. Stick to preventative measures like wearing breathable cotton underwear and rinsing regularly with warm water.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.