A first of its kind
case study published in January’s
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, identified consumer talcum powder contaminated with asbestos as the signature
cause of mesothelioma in 33 long-term users.
Dr. Jacqueline Moline, professor in the Institute of Health Innovations
and Outcomes Research at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
and her colleagues reviewed scientific data, medical records, and sworn
testimony of the individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma. The patients
had no other known exposure to asbestos other than consumer talc powder
products. Their surgical tissue samples all revealed the presence of asbestos
fibers associated with talc and not found in other common commercial products,
such as auto brakes or home insulation materials.
“Our case study suggests that cosmetic talcum powder use may help
explain the high prevalence of idiopathic mesothelioma cases, particularly
among women," Dr. Moline and coauthors write. This highlights the
duty to collect comprehensive exposure information, including non-occupational
sources of asbestos exposure, in all patients diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Dr. Moline further adds, "Cosmetic talc still remains unregulated
and on store shelves. Our findings show that these products, often used
every day, were contaminated with dangerous asbestos, which has led to
deadly health effects."
Click here to read more about the study in the press release.