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Does talcum powder still contain asbestos?

You have probably heard about the dangers of talcum powder and its link to both lung cancer and ovarian cancer. The general risk for lung cancer comes from work-related inhalation of the fibers, while the risk for ovarian cancer comes from extensive home use of the powder.

Perhaps you have also heard that part of the risk of using talcum powder is that it naturally contains asbestos. Is this still true?

Yes and no. Technically speaking, talc itself does sometimes contain asbestos. The natural element itself can therefore be dangerous.

However, since the 1970s, selling talcum powder that contains asbestos has been illegal. This does not mean it does not exist, but the asbestos-free version has been sold in stores now for nearly 50 years. You would have to go out of your way to find the powder that does contain asbestos.

Does that mean that the newer powder is safe? Researchers are not sure. They do know that it doesn't increase exposure to asbestos, which can cause mesothelioma, so it is safer in that regard. However, studies have not conclusively shown that cancer risks do not increase with the asbestos-free version. Some studies have found no increase and others have found an increase, and scientists hold different beliefs about the impact.

Have you developed cancer as a result of exposure to talcum powder or asbestos? If so, you may have a long and expensive medical journey ahead of you. Make sure that you understand all of your rights and legal options, especially when considering your rights to financial compensation in Louisiana.

Source: American Cancer Society, "Talcum Powder and Cancer," accessed April 05, 2018

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