I have been using talcum powder all my life and I have never thought much about it except that I feel terribly uncomfortable if I don't use it after a bath. I also use it on my 2 kids .... till I read this today.
The Star article states that there has been links found between talcum powder usage and cancer, specifically ovarian cancer. There could be a likelihood as high as 40%! Not only that, but babies inhaling them can also have drastic health side effects. OMG! And I have been using it like nobody's business!
As an alternative, we are advised to use bedak sejuk which is made from corn flour or rice flour. Well, I am not one to be all jittery about this and so, I think I will continue to use talcum powder but I will definitely change it for my kids.
It is very scary when we use certain products all our life and then suddenly found that we have been exposing ourselves to all sorts of dangers. I am not even sure if I should be mad at the manufacturers about this. Damn, wonder what I cannot eat/ use/ do tomorrow.