Expires baby powder

In 1982, a study published in the journal Cancer concluded that lifelong use of talcum powder increased the risk of ovarian cancer by more than 3 times. Many cancer organizations warn against the use of talcum powder.

Talc also poses a health risk if inhaled. Miners who mine talc have higher rates of lung cancer.

Babies breathe the talk

A lot of talcum powder is used, especially with babies, as it is able to keep the skin nice and dry. However, babies and toddlers are at risk from inhaling the powder dust. There have been records since the early 1980s showing that several thousand young children die or become seriously ill each year after accidentally inhaling this powdery dust.

It is therefore advisable to generally avoid products that contain talc. Women in particular should avoid using talcum powder in their underwear.


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  • National Toxicology Program. "Toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of talc (GAS No 14807-96-6) in F344 / N rats and B6C3F, mice (inhalation studies)." Technical Report Series No. 421 September 1993
  • Harlow BL, Cramer DW, Bell DA, Welch WR. "Perineal exposure to talc and ovarian cancer risk." Obstetrics & amp; Gynecology, 80: 19-26, 1992
  • Hollinger MA. "Pulmonary toxicity of inhaled and intravenous talc." Toxicology Letters, 52: 121-127, 1990

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