Talcum powder has been used by many for years together and have become a norm in the tropical areas to use talcum powder in the summers and humid seasons to avoid or reduce sweating. Talcum powder’s main ingredient – Talc, can cause cancer.
Talc is a mining produce. It is mined, and later on processed by crushing, drying and milling. Though this process can eliminate lots of unwanted minerals and residues of other harmful substances. However, this process does not remove the fibers of the most harmful substance – asbestos.
Why is talc harmful?
Talc is known to cause cancer, and is found to have fibers similar to that found in the asbestos.
Several studies have been conducted to study the risk factor of talc in causing cancer.
When used in the genitalia areas, the talc has the ability to be absorbed by skin and move through the reproductive system and become embedded in the lining of the ovary. Causing the tissues in the lining to inflamate, which in turn proves to be a positive factor for cancer cells to grow.
Talc if by accident or due to environmental circumstances (for talc miners) proves to be a health risk for lungs and may cause respiratory diseases including cancer. There have been several cases for minors falling seriously sick and even dying to due accidental inhalation of the baby powder.
Talc apart from the very well known product – talcum powder is also used in in deodorants, chalk, crayons, textiles, soap, insulating materials, paints, asphalt filler, paper, and in food processing.