A new medical myth about tampons has started to spread on TikTok

Viral TikTok video spreads misinformation that a component sometimes found in tampons

- titanium dioxide - can cause cancer. Discuss

Healthline writes that there are noevidence that titanium dioxide, which occurs naturally as a mineral and is used in many cosmetic products, causes cancer in humans. Some evidence suggests that titanium dioxide has the potential to be carcinogenic if inhaled, however this has only been observed in mice and not in humans.

“This fallacy is a good example of pseudoscience, when something seems plausible because of a grain of truth, but misinterprets the actual scientific data,” said the expert toxicologist.