Talcum powder warning

Health Canada is warning consumers to avoid inhaling talcum powder.

The federal agency says exposure could cause potentially serious respiratory problems and possibly ovarian cancer.

The warnings came yesterday when Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada released a draft screening assessment of product containing talc.

Inhaling talc, a naturally occurring mineral, can cause difficulty breathing, decreased lung function and pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs.

Products containing talc have also been linked to ovarian cancer in some women.

(Photo: www.consumer.org.my)


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