Know the dangers of talc and where it is often used

In this blog, we regularly discuss the dangers of exposure to asbestos. However, there are so many types of chemicals and materials that can be just as harmful asbestos, but like asbestos, are not banned in the United States. One such ingredient is talc.

We explored some of the dangers associated with talc in this article on our website, and we also noted how talc fibers very closely resemble asbestos fibers. There are studies that suggest that exposure to talc can be a threat to consumers and may be linked to certain types of cancer, but it is still widely used in products that are commonly used by people every day. In this post, we will explore some of the products that may contain talc.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, talc is commonly found in cosmetic products in order to prevent caking and absorb moisture. For example, talc is often used in:

  • Baby powder
  • Eye shadow
  • Blush
  • Cosmetic foundation
  • Loose and pressed powder
  • Facial soap

There are other non-cosmetic products that may contain talc. This could include:

  • Chewing gum
  • Cleaning products
  • Tablets

People who have been exposed to significant levels of talc and have been diagnosed with an illness like uterine cancer may have options to file a legal claim to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic losses stemming from the illness. However, these cases can be very complicated due to the controversy of whether talc is as dangerous as many people believe. For more information on the options that may be available, it can be wise to consult an attorney.