For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos (a known carcinogen). Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. Responding to this evidence in 1973, the FDA drafted a resolution that would limit the amount of asbestos-like fibers in cosmetic grade talc. However, no ruling has ever been made and today, cosmetic grade talc remains non-regulated by the federal government. Note: In a recent study from Harvard University involving 3000 women, daily application of talc to the genital area showed a 41% increase in ovarian cancer rates. Even weekly application showed increased rates of ovarian cancer as high as 36%.
Next time you purchase a body powder make sure it is talc-free. Read the label carefully.