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What Is Talc and Why is it Dangerous?

Since the 1990s, over 850,000 tons of talc have been consumed annually in the United States. Of those 850,000 tons, 48,000 were used in direct consumer applications, including cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals and even food products. Talcum powder, associated with certain types of cancer, has been a major problem for consumers. But what is talc and why exactly is it dangerous? The answer lies in where it comes from and what it's truly made of.

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $72 Million For Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

A little over a week ago, the Missouri Circuit Court announced that Johnson & Johnson-the world's largest maker of health-care products-must pay $72 million to the family of a woman claiming the company's talcum powder caused her fatal ovarian cancer. For the first time, monetary compensation was awarded in response to Johnson & Johnson's failure to warn consumers of the cancer-causing potential of its talcum-based products decades ago.
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