The Truth About Talcum Powder

July 24, 2018

The Truth About Talcum Powder

As you may know, talcum has the healthcare and science research world buzzing and since the ingredient is in popular powder and self-care products we feel it’s an important topic to discuss. Here we will break down just what it is an attempt to answer the highly publicized question does it or does it not cause cancer? Let’s take a closer look.

Talc, a mineral is mainly made up of the elements magnesium, oxygen and silicon and is widely used in powders because it cuts down on friction, keeps skin dry and helps to prevent dreaded rashes. Before we move on it is important to understand that there are two forms of talc and the difference is notably important.

In its natural form talc, contains some asbestos. Asbestos is a substance that is widely accepted to cause cancers, in and around the lungs once inhaled. However, all commercial talcum products used domestically in the U.S. have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

The largest areas of concerns in regard to possible links between talcum powder and cancer have been focused on whether or not people who have had long-term exposure to natural talc fibers at work, such as talc miners are at higher risk of lung cancer from inhaling them and whether or not women who use talcum powder regularly in their feminine hygiene regimen have increased risk of ovarian cancer.

The cold hard truth is the science is clear on the first and mixed on the later. In regard to the possible link in ovarian cancer, it may have first surfaced in a 1971 study that mentioned a relationship after the scientist found talc particles in ovarian tumors. Since then, there has been what the court describes as an “ongoing debate in the scientific and medical community” as to whether talc usage may cause ovarian cancer.

With this said, talc-based body powder is currently labeled as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization. In contrast, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not list talc as an ovarian cancer risk. Talc that has asbestos is accepted as being able to cause cancer.

After taking this information into careful consideration it is important to look at the whole pictures. Talc has two types, the first in its natural form contains asbestos and it is known to cause cancer if inhaled. The second form of talc which is found in our cosmetic products may be linked to cancer. The key word being may. There has not been enough conclusive evidence or testing to say for sure whether or not one may be at risk from daily use. While the jury is still out so to speak, one will have to rely upon their own convictions.

You will never find Talc or any other possibly “carcinogenic” ingredients in CW products. Our entire line is all natural and made only from the purest ingredients. Honesty and integrity are at the core of what we do. You have our word that we will never put you in any sort of risk zone. You are safe here.


American Cancer Society. 2017. Talcum Powder and Cancer. Updated on November 13, 2017.

CNN. 2017. Judge overturns record verdict in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder trial. Updated on October 23, 2017.

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