When most people think of talc, they may imagine talcum powder and baby powder. Because the powder is very soft and easily carved, one might also think of the statue in soapstone.
Talc naturally occurs as a mineral silicate hydrate consisting of magnesium, silica, and water. Although the powder is found naturally pure enough for the crystal structure can have some impurities such as aluminum, manganese, iron, and titanium.
The powder has a greasy and soft feel. The emergence of the powder can be white, apple green, or brown, depending on its composition.
Is Talc Carcinogenic?
As a talc powder absorbs moisture and reduces friction. This is why it has been widely used by everyone as baby powder. Most concerns about talc and cancer have been associated with:
· People who have long-term exposure to natural talc fibers in the workplace have an increased risk of lung cancer.
· Who can file a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit? Women who are routinely applying talcum powder in the genital area have an increased risk of ovarian cancer and they are eligible to file the lawsuit.
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In October 2017, a California judge passed the 400 million dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by several women who claim that J & J did not warn their customers about the cancer risk of its powder-based products.
Talc is mostly mined by open-pit methods. China is the largest producer of powder and the United States was the second. Yellowstone mine is the largest manufacturer of powder in the US.
More recently, the natural asbestos is present in the powder and has raised health concerns. Talc is a mineral used for softness, chemical inertness, and purity.
The main obstacle for the market is a powder; improve health and a better selection and substitute safer has hampered the growth of the market.