Talcum Powder Can Cause Cancer

Kajian dan hebahan mengenai bedak talkum boleh menyebabkan kanser sudah banyak tersebar. Pun begitu, ramai daripada kita tidak menyedarinya. Petikan dari salah satu artikel seperti di bawah mendedahkan bahawa banyak kes kanser ovari adalah disebabkan oleh penggunaan talkum.

Talkum juga membahayakan paru-paru jika kerap disedut. Sejak awal tahun 1980-an lagi beribu-ribu bayi meninggal dunia atau jatuh sakit setiap tahun disebabkan menghidu talkum.

Bayangkan bagaimana masyarakat kita gemar menggunakan baby powder pada anak-anak terutamanya pada bahagian punggung dan alat sulit setiap kali menukar lampin!

Untuk itu :

SAY NO TO TALC!
SAY NO TO BABY POWDER!!

(Artikel di bawah disalin dari laman web Cancer Prevention Coalition. Terdapat banyak lagi artikel yang boleh membantu. Cuma taipkan keywords di Google Search atau Yahoo! Contoh keywords ialah ‘talc dangerous’,  ‘talc cancer’ dll)

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Talc is toxic. Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Numerous studies have shown a strong link between frequent use of talc in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the lining of the ovary. Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian tumors and have found that women with ovarian cancer have used talcum powder in their genital area more frequently than healthy women.2

Talc poses a health risk when exposed to the lungs. Talc miners have shown higher rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses from exposure to industrial grade talc, which contains dangerous silica and asbestos. The common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants. Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.3

References : 

2 Harlow BL, Cramer DW, Bell DA, Welch WR. “Perineal exposure to talc and ovarian cancer risk.” Obstetrics & Gynecology, 80: 19-26, 1992.

3 Hollinger MA. “Pulmonary toxicity of inhaled and intravenous talc.” Toxicology Letters, 52:121-127, 1990.

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