Recent Examples of talc from the Web
The company denies any link between talc and cancer.
Much research has found no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and using baby powder for feminine hygiene, and most major health groups have declared talc harmless.
Several factors make that unlikely, and there's no proof talc, which doesn't interact with chemicals or cells, can travel up the reproductive tract, enter the ovaries and then trigger cancer.
The company noted court victories in which juries have agreed with the company that there wasn't reliable evidence that talc products cause ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson was hit with a $110 million jury decision in favor of a woman who said talc in the company’s baby powder gave her ovarian cancer, the latest—and largest—verdict yet in the litigation saga.
But about two dozen smaller studies over three decades have mostly found a modest connection — a 20 percent to 40 percent increased risk among talc users.
The case deepens J&J's legal crisis connected to talc.
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Origin and Etymology of talc
French, from Middle French talk, from Medieval Latin talc, talcum, from Arabic ṭalq
First Known Use: 1610See Words from the same year
TALC Defined for Kids
Definition of talc for Students
: a soft mineral that has a soapy feel and is used especially in making talcum powder
Medical Definition of talc
: a very soft mineral Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 that is a basic silicate of magnesium, has a soapy feel, and is used especially in making talcum powder
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