Talcum Powder may Cause Cancer and Lung Damage, says Canada

Big news coming out of Canada on the potential toxic effects of the common personal care product ‘talcum powder’ (or talc). 


Health Canada finds talcum powder may cause cancer, lung damage

Following an investigation Health Canada has determined that talc — a common ingredient in baby powder, some cosmetics and household products — might be harmful to human health.

In an announcement Wednesday, the department said that it was considering measures to restrict the use of talc in cosmetics, natural health products and non-prescription drugs.

Specifically, the government is warning that inhaling loose talc powders can damage the lungs. Using products containing talc in the female genital area, like baby powder, diaper creams and bath bombs, is a possible cause of ovarian cancer, the department said.

What’s next?

This Health Canada assessment was a draft and is currently open to comments. The government is working on a final assessment. If the department confirms its conclusion, it will consider restricting talc’s use.

Consumers who are concerned about using talc should check their products’ ingredients and avoid loose powder or using it in the female genital area.