Talc causes cancer?


For many years of research, the world's medicine has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge about cancer. It is well known that many reasons contribute to the development of tumors. In addition to heredity, quality of nutrition and ecology, cosmetics can awaken the ailment. Scientists suggest that even such seemingly innocuous, personal hygiene means, astalc, causes cancer. Doctors also recommend getting acquainted with the information, and think twice before using a popular powder for yourself and your children.

What is talcum powder and what does it consist of?

According to encyclopedias - it's an oily soapstone made of mineral rock. The mineral is used for the production of rubber, paints and paper. But the most demanded application of talc found in pharmaceuticals and cosmetology.

In the form of skin care products, talc is a fine powder that can quickly absorb moisture. Most often it is used to care for the skin of babies. In children, the skin is tender, so it is prone to diaper rash or chicken. Having absorbed moisture, talc helps to pinch problem areas of the skin, thereby relieving the child of discomfort.

Adults use this drug in cases of hyperhidrosis to absorb sweat and reduce itching. Talc is popular with people who are overweight, which are often disturbed by diaper rash in the folds of the skin. Also, athletes use powder, because of excessive sweating during classes.

The composition of talc, in addition to the mineral, may include other components. In order to increase the effectiveness of the product, the manufacturer can supplement the product with tea tree oil or olive oil, honey, chamomile, mint, string, etc. It is believed that additional components help stop the inflammatory processes of the skin.

What are the components of talc that provoke cancer?

Some types of talc powder contain asbestos - a fine-grained silicate mineral. This substance is used in engineering and construction, due to its resistance to temperatures, chemical disruptions and other influences. If asbestos hits the human body, it can not be excreted almost never, because of its resistance to any environment and microflora. Particles of a dangerous carcinogen can be found in the body for dozens of years, and as a result - cause inflammation, turning into a malignant tumor.


Types of cancer that can cause regular use of talcum powder

It is proved that the mineral powder is not an irritant and does not cause allergies. However, if inhaled, it is dangerous, as it can cause inflammation of the respiratory tract. A carcinogen that enters the respiratory system can cause metaplasia of the bronchial mucosa tissue. Due to the increased secretion of mucus, there is a risk of chronic diseases, which often turn into cancer. Thus, asbestos, trapped in the bronchi, can cause pneumonia, bronchitis or tuberculosis - the first causes of oncology.

In addition, that powder causes cancer of respiratory organs, when exposed to asbestos, asbestosis may develop. In this case, the disease, mineral dust, which settles on the pulmonary walls, provokes the development of scar formation in the lungs.

In addition to oncology of the respiratory tract, doctors admit the association of talc with uterine and ovarian cancer in women.

Evidence of carcinogenicity of talc

To date, none of the large-scale studies has been able to prove the relationship of talc and cancer by 100%. The reason for this is a large number of women who have had ovarian cancer, but who have never used powders.

In Russia, this problem has been studied for 30 years. According to the statistics, 40% of women with ovarian cancer were using talc. However, this fact was never officially adopted by the World Health Organization.

Talc and ovarian cancer in women

According to studies, regular use of talc in the genital area can cause cancer in women, as well as girls of infancy. When the powders come in contact with the intimate zone, the powder particles can get inside the genitals, and then cause an infection. Such inflammation is difficult to diagnose in the early stages, so there is a high risk of cancers in the ovaries and uterus.

Experts do not recommend using powder for intimate hygiene for women who:

  • never became pregnant and did not give birth;
  • at least once treated for gynecological inflammation and infertility;
  • refused to breast-feed their child;
  • first became pregnant after 38 years;
  • uncontrolled taking contraceptives.

The use of talc may increase the risk of cancerous tumors if the patient has such factors:

  • smoking;
  • alcoholism;
  • hypertension;
  • obesity;
  • diabetes;
  • atherosclerosis;
  • work and contact with household chemicals;
  • regular use of low-quality water;
  • living in ecologically polluted territory.

Patients who meet the above lists have a risk of developing malignancies in the uterus or ovaries. The use of powder can only accelerate this process, so doctors strongly prohibit the use of talc for hygiene to this group of people!

Is it true that the powder "Johnsons Baby" causes cancer?

Many media outlets have recently reported that the products of the famous Johnson & Johnson company are capable of causing cancer. Several cases of oncology have been officially recognized, as well as one fatal case. All episodes were associated with the use of powder. Scientific data on this matter are not clear, so the direct relationship of talc to the disease remains unconfirmed.

A major manufacturer of this product claims that the funds of "Johnsons" correspond to the highest the standard of purity and quality, so categorical with the assumption that cosmetics with talc cause cancer. Nevertheless, this situation leaves a lot of questions, since there are real victims.

Complicating the situation and the fact that ovarian cancer, as well, is not fully understood. The disease is difficult to treat and diagnose, and it happens quite often. In Russia, 2, 00 women are exposed to the disease every year. Of these, , 00 patients regularly used talc powder. And since Johnson & Johnson is one of the most popular, women used the products of this brand.

What means can you replace talc to avoid cancer?

  1. Receivers of traditional medicine replace talc with ordinary potato or cornstarch. The main thing is that the powder should be applied only to dry and clean skin. In this simple way, skin irritation can be avoided. Natural powders are considered by many to be more effective, affordable and safe.
  2. Athletes who are forced to use talc constantly, in the absence of talc, use magnesium. It protects the athletes' hands from calluses and wounds, with constant training with shells. Another plus of magnesia is low cost.
  3. To treat diaper rash and skin irritations, pharmacies can be used, which include zinc oxide. For example, ointments "Desitin" or "Diaderm zinc ointment, or Teimurov's paste. These drugs help not only with redness, they also soothe the skin, because they have antiseptic properties.

The skin of every human being, and especially the baby, is unique, therefore, before replacing talc with other means, you need to consult the doctor. Having determined the skin type, the specialist should choose the most suitable preparation.


In recent years, scientists have repeatedly raised the topic of the danger of talc. The only thing that experts can not prove is a direct chemical and organic connection between the mineral powder and the human body. Prove or refute the information thattalc causes cancer, are trying groups of oncologists and gynecologists around the world.

To avoid unpleasant consequences, most doctors recommend avoiding the use of talc, namely - on an ongoing basis. If the mineral powder carries a potential danger, then just in case, it should be replaced with another remedy. After all, modern medicine offers many alternative drugs, most of which are even more efficient than powder.