Talc is used in many industries, and you yourself must have used it or products which contain talc powder. Most often, it is used in body powders and cosmetics. It contains hydrophobic surface properties helping to keep skin dry.
Nevertheless, newest studies prove that talcum powder may be the reason for the occurrence of significant lung damage if inhaled, or even lung cancer. It also increases the risk for ovarian cancer.
Regardless of its potential harmful effects, this product has not been pulled from the market by the FDA. In addition, no more comprehensive warning labels have been placed in order to inform about the apparent risks of its use.
Research done in a study by 19 scientists in 8 different countries showed that there is a 30-60 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer if talc is used in the genital area.
A study conducted in 1971 discovered particles of talc in 75 percent of the ovarian tumors there studied. Talc has been found highly dangerous in a number of researches in the last 50 years. Talc’s possible health risks have been discovered and proved by numerous studies, some of which are given below:
- Exert from MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) on Talc U.S.Phttp://www.hvchemical.com/msds/talc.htm(Important to note that talc also contains small amounts of Crystalline silica which may cause serious health consequences of its own)
http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/crystalline-factsheet.pdf). “Prolonged inhalation of dust is associated with respiratory effects. Long term excessive exposures to talc may cause Talcosis, a pulmonary fibrosis which may in turn lead to severe and permanent damage to the lung. Crystalline silica: Chronic inhalation of dust can produce silicosis, a disease of the lungs. Cardiopulmonary impairment may occur. Chronic inhalation of crystalline silica is a lung cancer hazard. ”
- Proposed label from Cancer Prevention Coalition for all Talc Products:“Frequent application of talcum powder in the female genital area substantially increases the risk of ovarian cancer,” http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/petition-seeking-a-cancer-warning-on-cosmetic-talc-powder-products-57264457.html.
- Talc has been implicated in many reports of lung irritation, respiratory failure and distress, and even death upon inhalation http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/43/6/1058.abstract, http://www.ijponline.net/content/37/1/47, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002719.htm .
- Current warning label from Johnson’s Baby Powder:“Warnings: For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Close tightly after use. Do not use on broken skin. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep powder away from child’s face to avoid inhalation, which can cause breathing problems.”
- Baby powder is no longer recommended for treatment or prevention of diaper rash, since it is linked to risks for damage to the baby’s lungs, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Talc is closely linked to the known carcinogen asbestos http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/talc.htm.
- Many warnings and reports suggesting increased risk of ovarian cancers when talcum powder is applied to the genital area http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20406962.