Talc in its natural form has been known to contain asbestos. Asbestos, when inhaled or entered into the human body, has been recognized by the American Cancer Society as carcinogenic, can cause cancer.
A number of talcum powder cancer lawsuits have been filed in the courts by victims seeking compensation for serious health conditions caused by asbestos poisoning.
Risks associated with the powder link to ovarian cancer and respiratory complications for both infants and adults. Evidence suggests that powder manufacturers have known of this risk since as early as the 1980s.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to not use the powder with a baby due to the health risks that differ from those for women.
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The risk of developing ovarian cancer believed to be caused by an extended application of powder in the genital area
Risk of lung damage or develop severe respiratory problems
Occurs when the talcum powder is inhaled unintentionally
The attention that must be taken who use talcum powder includes:
Limit the use of powder
Use in a well-ventilated room
Reducing the amount applied
Women must not use in their genital area
Attention for use in infants:
Apply in a ventilated room
Always keep away from the baby's face
Carefully pour a small amount, far from where the baby can’t inhale it