Talcum powder, commonly called talc, is one of the most common ingredients of cosmetics, personal care products, contraceptives, anti-chafing products, deodorants, etc. It is also the main ingredient of baby powder.
Silicate magnesium and dioxide are the main components of a silicate mineral called Talcum. In its natural form, talcum also contains asbestos, a known human carcinogen. Since 1973, all consumer talcum products became asbestos-free.
Some of the most popular talcum powder products:
Johnson's Baby Powder
Shower-to-Shower (Johnson & Johnson)
Cashmere Bouquet (Colgate-Palmolive)
Johnson's Baby Powder, one of the most popular products containing talcum powder, is linked to increasing a woman's risk of ovarian cancer if she uses it regularly in the genital area. In a few cases, the cancer tissue was studied using an electron microscope and was found to have talc in the tissue, which supported the claim that the cancer was caused by the body powder and increases the talc cancer risk.