Seemingly harmless talc may be contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen. Talc is itself a naturally-occurring mineral and it is mined for use in many products. Asbestos, also a mineral that is mined, may be found in the earth in close proximity to talc. In a recent study, scientists from three laboratories tracked asbestos-contaminated talc from the location where the talc was mined all the way to a baby powder product, and from there into the lungs of a woman who unfortunately died of malignant mesothelioma. The study was published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health in the fall of 2014. I am currently handling talc cases where the exposure to talc contaminated with asbestos causes mesothelioma.