Several commonly used household items and food products contain talc. Understanding what products contain talc can help you avoid this mineral, which has been shown in research to increase your risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
If you are unsure if your use of a product containing talc may have led to your ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, contact our talcum powder lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. We can explain your rights and how you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay unless we win.
Talcum powder, such as Johnson & Johnson baby powder, is the most recognized household product that contains the mineral talc. Talcum powder is also considered by scientists to be the most responsible for the increased risk of ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. When used as a feminine hygiene product, talcum powder is an excellent absorbent. However, research has shown that asbestos-contaminated talc can settle in the ovaries, which increases the risk of a woman developing ovarian cancer.
Additionally, if the talcum powder is inhaled, the asbestos-contaminated talc can travel to the lungs and result in an increased risk for mesothelioma. While most people think of talcum powder as a product for women, men also use talcum powder to absorb moisture. Other places using talcum powder widely include barbershops, where the inhalation of the talcum powder over time can increase the risk of mesothelioma.
Talc in Makeup
Many cosmetics contain the ingredient talc which helps to absorb moisture and give the finished product a silky, smooth feel. Makeup products such as blush, foundation, concealer, eye shadow, face powder, mascara, eyeliner, eyebrow pencils, and lipsticks contain talc. Other beauty-related items such as moisturizing creams, lotions, and even face masks, can contain talc.
To date, no scientifically valid connection exists between the use of talc in makeup and ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. However, some cosmetics, such as face powders, are made of 100% talc. If used over long periods of time, the inhalation of this powder could possibly increase the risk of mesothelioma.
However, while talcum powder for use as a feminine hygiene product for the absorption of moisture has been connected to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, cosmetic makeup has not come under similar legal or scientific scrutiny. This discrepancy is likely due to smaller quantities used and less chance of becoming airborne (except for setting powders and face powders).
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Talc Powder Found in Food & Supplements
The rare use of talc in food has become questionable with regards to safety. However, talc is often used to coat white rice. The use of talc on white rice creates a whiter appearance, and Japanese rice distributors use talc frequently. Currently, the use of talc on white rice is not illegal in the United States. However, scientists have determined that talc-coated rice is a risk factor for stomach cancer. Therefore, the use of talc in food has become questionable with regards to safety.
Interestingly, one food item that is intended to make people healthier also includes talc. Healthy vitamin supplements often contain talc powder as a cheap filler or an anti-caking agent. These supplements will list talc in its scientific form as magnesium silicate on the label. The talc is used to either coat the tablet or gummy vitamins or used as a filler inside of the vitamin supplement. Surprisingly, while talc is not considered to be a food-grade material by the Food and Drug Administration, it is still allowed in supplements.
If you are concerned about talc-containing products in your home, a household products database was created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that lists all of the talc-containing household products.
Contact a Talcum Powder Lawyer
With scientists and research connecting talc-containing products to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, you may be curious about what products contain talc in your home. If you believe that your ovarian cancer or mesothelioma was related to your use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product or the inhalation of talc-containing products, please contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 for your free consultation today.