Talc is found in thousands of everyday products.
Talc rocks are dug out of the ground at large mines scattered across the globe. People often think of talc as white, but it can also be gray, green, blue or pink. After talc rocks are excavated, they are ground into fine powder, cleaned, and packaged for commercial use. Talc is found in thousands of products we use every day, including body powders, cosmetics, tires, paint and paper.
And while talc is used in everyday household products worldwide, it is not without controversy. Because talc is dug from the ground, it can be interlaced with asbestos – naturally occurring minerals that can cause fatal diseases in those who inhale its microscopic fibers. Only the purest grades of talc are supposed to go into body powders and cosmetics, but the industry largely monitors itself.
Over the years, contaminated talc has been blamed for mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos. Even without asbestos, talc has been on the receiving end of countless negative reports, studies and litigation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using talc-based baby powder, saying it could cause respiratory problems if inhaled by infants. Researchers and medical experts are now also cautioning women against using it for feminine hygiene, pointing to a growing body of evidence linking long-term use to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Currently, hundreds of lawsuits are pending against healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson, which has been marketing and selling talc products for decades. The suits allege J&J has long known about the link between talc and ovarian cancer, but failed to warn consumers in order to protect their bottom line.
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