Congress examines cancer risk in talc, consumer products

The congressional Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy met Tuesday morning, March 12, to examine health risks linked to carcinogens in consumer products. Specifically, they discussed the cancer risk from long-term use of consumer products containing talc. Talc has been found to be contaminated with asbestos, and linked to the development of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Witnesses testifying at this hearing were Dr. Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group, and Marvin Salter, whose mother, Jacqueline Salter Fox, passed away from ovarian cancer after decades of regular talc use.

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