Asbestos in Talcum Powder
Since talc and asbestos are both naturally occurring minerals, they can form in the earth alongside each other. When talc minerals that have formed alongside asbestos minerals are mined they can become contaminated with the asbestos minerals. Talc products made from talc deposits containing asbestos will most likely be contaminated with asbestos.
Cosmetic grade talc and industrial talc go through different refinement processes. Cosmetic talc is more refined, but many times asbestos fibers from the geologic source still make it into talc products.
What is Talc?
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral composed of several elements. Talc is mined from the earth and is then processed for use in cosmetics, personal hygiene products, and industrial manufacturing. Talc’s soft, powdery consistency makes it useful for absorbing moisture, odors, and oils. Talcum powder is a common ingredient in baby powder, foot powder, and cosmetics. Talc is also used in an industrial capacity in the manufacturing of plastics, paints, ceramics, paper, and many other products.
Left: Talc mineral sample. Right: Asbestos mineral sample.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with a fibrous texture. Asbestos is a naturally strong, heat-resistant material and as a result, was used for many decades as a component in insulation material. Asbestos use has largely been banned because it was determined that asbestos exposure can lead to the development of deadly diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Individuals with the highest risk for asbestos exposure are those who worked in shipbuilding, construction, oil refining, steel industry, chemical manufacturing, naval servicemen, mining and most other industrial trades.
Health Problems Caused by Asbestos Exposure
Individuals exposed to asbestos can develop rare, but deadly diseases. Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the linings of the lungs, called the pleura, or abdomen, called the peritoneum, that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Victims of mesothelioma may have chest or abdominal pain, coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, weight loss, and other symptoms.
Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by asbestos fibers lodging in the lungs. The fibers cause irritation in the lungs that can lead to scarring making it hard to breathe. Asbestosis victims may have shortness of breath and a chronic cough.
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