Talc is a naturally-occurring mineral that forms under the same geological conditions as asbestos. This is similar to vermiculite, which also tends to form alongside asbestos. While both of these minerals are distinct from asbestos, they are often contaminated with the deadly asbestos fibers and that means using products made from talc can lead to mesothelioma and other serious medical conditions including other types of cancer. Even when used alone, talc has been shown to cause serious medical illness, largely in women, as talc was and still is used in many baby powder products.
According to a recent news article from Bloomberg, Colgate-Palmolive, a major manufacturer of talcum-powder (baby powder) products has just entered in an agreement to settle a lawsuit. In this lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged she developed mesothelioma due to the deadly asbestos fibers contained in the company’s talcum-powder products which she used for many years. Continue reading →