Question:
I have heard that condoms can give you cancer?
bettywhite9999
2007-05-23 19:24:57 UTC
I have heard this several differnt times and was just wondering if anyone has heard that same and if you could give me some info on it. thanks
Six answers:
blah blah blah
2007-05-23 19:33:31 UTC
i have heard that but only on here because some wacko job is always posting this psycho crap about it, but if it was true everybody would have cancer and we would all be dead, just plain bull sh*t is all. dont believe any of it.
2007-05-24 08:12:37 UTC
The possible connection between talc and genital cancers has been debated for years. Many doctors advise women not to dust their genitals with talcum powder, to be on the safe side. But the talc-cancer hypothesis is completely irrelevant to the question of condom use.



Condoms manufactured in the US over the past decade or so do not contain talc.



Greengang is pursuing his own bizarre conspiracy theories here.
smedrik
2007-05-24 02:32:45 UTC
That is the silliest thing I have ever head. Condoms are made with medical grade latex, sheepskin or a vinyl. None of which are carcinogenic
greenman
2007-05-24 02:31:25 UTC
new german studies say that theres supposedly somethin in the latex that causes cancer but i personally thinks its bs. just google condoms cause cancer..lots of info
2007-05-25 00:39:17 UTC
My doctor said they can.
2007-05-24 08:02:03 UTC
Despite the 'politically correct' nonsense the people above have posted the overwhelming evidence is yes, they do.



tential toxicity of retrograde uterine passage of particulate matter.



Wright HR, Wheeler JC, Woods JA, Hesford J, Taylor P, Edlich RF.



Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville 22908, USA.



Dusting powders are commonly used on surgical gloves, examination gloves, and condoms. In addition, they are used in diaphragms, sanitary napkins, and toiletries. These dusting powders can gain access to the abdominal cavity through the vagina or through surgical intervention. The toxicity of these dusting powders in the abdominal cavity can be divided into acute and chronic complications that may be life-threatening. The use of medical and surgical products without dusting powders is strongly recommended.



Publication Types:

Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Review



PMID: 10167361 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]



http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=10167361&query_hl=15&itool=pubmed_docsum



* Talc



This is found in baby powders, face powders, body powders as well as some contraceptives such as condoms. Talc is a known carcinogen and is a major cause of ovarian cancer when used in the genital area. It can be harmful if inhaled as it can lodge in the lungs, causing respiratory disorders.



http://www.anewlife.co.uk/toxic-toiletries.html





Talc is a very fine substance, so fine it can be used as a "dry" lubricant.



Talc is a chemical similar to asbestos, a known cancer causing substance. Talc is found in many "baby and body" powders, feminine powders and many cosmetics. It's alsp used as a lubricant on condoms! While it makes your skin "feel" slippery smooth, talc does so much more.



How does talc keep babies and your private parts so "fresh"? Presumably by clogging the pores that secrete those necessary fluids. Also, those fine little particles manage to get into the system. And being similar to asbestos is not comforting, especially when used on babies and genital areas.



Talc's harmful effect on human tissues has been known for quite some time. Long ago, its dry lubricating properties were used as a glove-donning powder (easy to slide on) for surgical gloves. As early as the 1930's, talc was linked to post-operative granulomatous peritonitis and fibrous adhesions.



-from Candace Sue Kasper, MD and Dr. P. J. Chandler



Talc...(on condoms)...may result in fallopian tube fibrosis with resultant infertility. Question raised by Doctors Kasper and Chandler in Journal of the American Medical Association. (JAMA) 3/15/95

-from Nutrition Health Review, Summer 1995 n73p8(1)



"A possible tie between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, long suspected because of talc's chemical similarity to asbestos, was strongly supported last week when a study found a higher risk of the cancer among women who used feminine deodorant sprays.



The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that women who used talcum powder in the genital area had an increased ovarian cancer risk of 60% and women who used feminine deodorant sprays had a 90% increased risk."



In 1994, the FDA conducted a scientific workshop on the issue and did not find enough of a casual link to justify even a consumer warning.

-from The University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, April 1993 v9n7p1(2)



"Aluminum-containing antiperspirants are designed to be absorbed, and studies show that regular use of these products can raise the risk of Alzheimer's by as much as three-fold.



(also)...municipal water supplies treated with alum (aluminum sulfate)...at least 7 studies show that people drinking water high in alum are more likely to develop Alzheimer's"



-from the U.S. News & World Report, March 17, 1997 v122n10p77(1)



ACTUALLY COATING THE OUTER SURFACE



Silicone on Condoms

Silicone is a release agent applied to most condoms to keep the latex from sticking to itself. The coating is light, but measurable by XRF.



http://www.learnxrf.com/appl_pharmec.htm#sicond



Sobering news for rubber contraceptive users.



A German scientific research institute has warned that most condoms on the market contain a cancer-causing chemical and has urged that their manufacture be subjected to stringent quality control.



The Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Institute in Stuttgart said on Friday it had found the carcinogen N-Nitrosamine in 29 of 32 types of condoms it tested in simulated conditions.



The condoms, which were kept in a solution with artificial sweat, exuded huge amounts of cancer-causing N-Nitrosamine from its rubber coating. Researchers measured amounts of N-Nitrosamine, that were way above the prescribed limits for other rubber products such as baby pacifiers.



"N-Nitrosamine is one of the most carcinogenic substances," the study's authors said. "There is a pressing need for manufacturers to tackle this problem."



The study said that the carcinogen is thought to be present in a substance used to improve condom elasticity. When the rubber material comes in contact with human bodily fluids, it can release traces of N-Nitrosamine.



No immediate health risk



But since there are no prescribed limits of N-Nitrosamine for condoms, the study hasn't caused panic among manufacturers or mass-recalling of the products from counters.



Local government officials said condom users should not stop using rubber contraceptives based on the results of the study because N-Nitrosamine does not present an immediate health risk.



The Baden-W├╝rtemmberg Social Ministry said it didn't think "it posed a risk." Authorities are also withholding the name of the affected manufacturers for fear of litigation.



Manufacturers should use alternative substances



But Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said that daily condom use exposed users to N-Nitrosamine levels up to three times higher than levels naturally present in food.



Werner Altkofer, head of the Stuttgart-based Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Institute said that though the production of rubber usually uses chemicals that can exude N-Nitrosamine, condom manufacturers could bypass it by using more expensive alternative substances available on the market that didn't form the carcinogen.



"We believe that it's up to the manufacturers to use other production processes so that no N-Nitrosamine is formed in condoms," Altkofer said.



He added that the latter was technically possible going by the fact that products of some manufacturers didn't show traces of the carcinogen during the testing.



Beate Uhse taking no chances



Germany's biggest erotica compnay Beate Uhse however, has decided to play it safe.



Shortly after the results of the study were introduced on Friday, the group banned chocolate-flavored condoms from its range. That was because the study had show that condoms laced with a chocolate flavoring had overwhelming high levels of N-Nitrosamine.



Study Says Condoms Contain Cancer-Causing Substance

Reuters ^ | Fri May 28,12:09 PM ET



BERLIN (Reuters) - Most condoms contain a cancer-causing chemical and their manufacture should be subject to greater quality control, a German scientific research institute said Friday.



The Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, said it found the carcinogen N-Nitrosamine present in 29 of 32 types of condoms it tested in simulated conditions.



"N-Nitrosamine is one of the most carcinogenic substances," the study's authors said. "There is a pressing need for manufacturers to tackle this problem."



The carcinogen is thought to be present in a substance used to improve condom elasticity. When the rubber material comes in contact with human bodily fluids, it can release traces of N-Nitrosamine, the study said.



Local government officials said condom users should not stop using rubber contraceptives based on results of the study because N-Nitrosamine does not present an immediate health danger.



But Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said that daily condom use exposed users to N-Nitrosamine levels up to three times higher than levels naturally present in food.



ay 29, 2004



Potent Carcinogen found in Most Condoms



Recent study has discovered the presence of a very potent carcinogen in most condoms. Small amounts of this chemical are released whenever condoms are used.



Nobody knows whether this is serious yet however it is not likely to be healthy to expose the reproductive organs to cancer-causing substances on a regular basis.



This is a potentially serious issue for much of the world's population that cannot afford or access other forms of birth control. I hope further studies will follow on this soon. Could this be related to the rise in cancer in women, and men as well?

May 29, 2004 in Medicine | Permalink



http://novaspivack.typepad.com/nova_spivacks_weblog/2004/05/potent_carcinog.html



This article is from the WebMD

Medical News Archive





Analysis Finds Link Between Talc Powders, Ovarian Cancer





By Eric Davis

WebMD Medical News







April 11, 2000 (Atlanta) -- For many women, a dusting of powder helps freshen the vaginal area. But a new study suggests that women should read the labels of so-called "talcum" feminine and bath powders closely. Cornstarch-based products may be better choices.



The study shows that powders can migrate from the vaginal area to the ovaries, and -- if the powder contains talc -- could slightly increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer.



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