An article by investigative reporter Andrew Schneider, “Study: Cosmetic talc products carry asbestos peril”, about the asbestos-talc mesothelioma cancer situation is frightening, as you will see, and perhaps fittingly it was published on Halloween day, October 31, 2014.
From the start of this recent news report:
Talc, the fine, powdery mineral used in thousands of consumer products by everyone from newborns to the elderly, can be a killer when it’s contaminated with asbestos, which some public health experts say happens far more often than miners and manufacturers acknowledge.
In an explosive new study, scientists from three different laboratories worked for more than a year to track asbestos-contaminated talc from the mines to a popular body-powder product, then into the lung tissue of a woman who died of asbestos-caused mesothelioma after years of using the product.
This detailed article goes on to examine an extensive study on mesothelioma and talc products published online in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health in September 2014. As regards that study:
“We have traced the asbestos in the talc to the mines from which it originated, into the milled grades, into the product, and finally into the lung and lymph nodes of the users of those products, including one woman who developed mesothelioma,” the study reported.
During their testing, they found that the talcum powder used by the victim — Cashmere Bouquet — “contained identifiable asbestos fibers with the potential to be released into the air and inhaled during normal personal talcum powder application.”
The bottom line is that asbestos-contaminated talc is found in many personal-use products — cosmetics, body powder, baby powder, and the talc used by barbers.
We will be writing more about this asbestos-talc mesothelioma cancer situation in the coming weeks.
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