The Link Between Cosmetic Talc and Mesothelioma

woman putting baby powder in her hand

In spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, manufacturers of talcum, particularly products used for cosmetics, continue their claims of safety in using them. Those assertions continue as illness after illness, and death after death reveals the life-changing and life-ending risks associated with the asbestos-based product.

A study with 33 patients participating may provide the most compelling evidence of the link between talcum and one of the deadliest forms of cancer: Mesothelioma.

While not the first to come to this conclusion, the findings published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine represent more evidence that so-called safe baby powder and other talcum products are anything but.

While previous studies have come to this conclusion, the researchers employed a different approach. They studied all 30+ cases to identify the ones where cosmetic talc was the sole exposure. Essentially, they ignored other asbestos products that cause mesothelioma, specifically building supplies and insulation.

Researchers narrowed the cases to six people who had tissue tests. The findings revealed asbestos fibers in tissue tests consistent with cosmetic talc exposure.

For decades, plaintiffs have fought powerful companies – the most prominent being Johnson & Johnson – in the ultimate “David vs. Goliath” battle. While this research represents another step in proving the link between talc and mesothelioma,  manufacturers will continue to push back on the assertion.

The difference this time is that the study provides evidence once unavailable to plaintiffs.

One researcher referred to the study as another “brick” in the “wall.”