I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2006, had surgery to remove a large ulcerated mole on my stomach the end of 2006 and underwent the standard one-year treatment with Interferon. At that time and due to my melanoma having not invaded any of my organs (although the mole was ulcerated and very deep), surgery and Interferon was the only course of treatment offered at that time.
I am now thankfully approaching my 10-year anniversary and still remain NED. But at the time of my cancer diagnosis, I racked my brain trying to think of what I could have done to make this mole on my stomach (which I had had since very early childhood) change and there was only one thing I could connect it to, and that was daily use of Johnson's & Johnson's baby power/talc to that whole area of my stomach where that mole was. I had used this powder daily on my stomach for over 20 years. I researched it on line to try and find any correlation between daily use of this talc over many years and only found there was concern with children and lung cancers.
Within the last year, I have seen now where there is a correlation between ovarian cancer and these same powder/talc products. Even though these powders were not directly applied to the skin, there is now proof that these powders could eventually find their way into the body and cause ovarian cancer.
My concern is could there possibly be a correlation between the use of these powders/talcs being applied directly to the skin and skin cancers?! Have any patients here used baby powders/talcs for long periods of time on your body and found that you've had changes to the moles in those area, namely melanoma?
Any feedback would be much appreciated and very important for those people who are continuing to use baby powders on areas of their body where moles are present.
Love, hugs and best wishes to all here fighting this vicious disease!