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What are the safety hazards of talc in personal care products and makeup?

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I am very curious about the safety hazards concerning talc, particularly when it is used as an ingredient in personal care products and makeup. There used to be concerns about it being carcinogenic (lung and ovarian cancer) but it seems that these ideas have now been dismissed as only being relevant when talc is contaminated with asbestos. However, on your website you write that there is a diseases associated with inhaling talc? Could you please explain this a little further? Why do you advise to was one's hands after handling solid talc?
asked Sep 24, 2016 by Veronica Schurov (120 points)

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I personally know a doctor who had a rare disease caused from talcum powder. He used to blow up the latex gloves into balloons and give them out to his patients who were children. The gloves are lined with talcum powder for smooth movement so that the latex doesn't stick to the hand, but he breathed this in when blowing up the balloons and after doing this on a regular basis became ill with a rare disease that he was unable to diagnose at first.
answered Jan 5, 2017 by hershel (51,840 points)