Talc is a naturally occurring mineral used in many industries; however, the mineral has been linked to many cancers, including mesothelioma. Talc has been found to contain asbestos, the mineral known as the only cause of mesothelioma

When talc is mined, it is often found in close proximity to asbestos, meaning talc can be contaminated with toxic asbestos fibers. The microscopic asbestos fibers can become airborne, blending in with talc, and inhaled (breathed in) or ingested (swallowed) by workers in the mine or by consumers using products containing talc on their skin.

Asbestos fibers are sharp on both ends. If they get stuck into tissue linings, they can cause cancer. If asbestos fibers get stuck in the mesothelial tissue linings of the lungs, abdomen or heart, then the cells can mutate into mesothelioma.

The most infamous asbestos-containing talc product is Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. The company has been sued repeatedly for its negligence related to producing and distributing a known asbestos-contaminated talc product. Many claims include reports of mesothelioma and other cancers caused by the frequent use of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. The other two cancers caused by using talcum powder are lung cancer and ovarian cancer.

 

Talc and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare and very aggressive form of cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen, with less than 3,000 diagnoses each year. Most mesothelioma patients are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lungs. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdomen, while pericardial mesothelioma affects the lining of the heart. All types of mesothelioma are rare, but mesothelioma in the heart or stomach are even more rare.  

The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. With most claims of asbestos exposure occurring at work, it is possible to be exposed to the cancer-causing mineral by using common talcum powder products, or even visiting old buildings containing legacy asbestos – asbestos used to construct the building when asbestos was not regulated.

If you have any concerns about talc or how it can affect your health, contact our registered nurse, Karen Ritter, at karen@mesotheliomaguide.com. She can help answer questions related to your health or possible asbestos exposure.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to speak with an experienced mesothelioma attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options.

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About the Writer, Camryn Keeble

Camryn Keeble is a content writer and community outreach member for Mesothelioma Guide. She creates mesothelioma-related content for the Mesothelioma Guide website. Camryn's goal is to decipher advanced information regarding mesothelioma into informative, simplified content to educate those affected by mesothelioma. She also works diligently to raise awareness of mesothelioma and its effects on patients and their loved ones by participating in daily outreach.

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About the Writer, Camryn Keeble

Camryn Keeble is a content writer and community outreach member for Mesothelioma Guide. She creates mesothelioma-related content for the Mesothelioma Guide website. Camryn's goal is to decipher advanced information regarding mesothelioma into informative, simplified content to educate those affected by mesothelioma. She also works diligently to raise awareness of mesothelioma and its effects on patients and their loved ones by participating in daily outreach.