Study Finds Parabens in
Cosmetics Linked to Breast Cancer
Posted: 01/26/2012 10:24 am
Parabens are chemical preservatives
found in almost all cosmetics and body
care products. They are used to inhibit
the growth of bacteria and increase
shelf life. A comprehensive study of
women with breast cancer published in
the January 2012 issue of the
Journal of Applied Technology found
parabens in nearly 100 percent of all
cancerous breast tumors. This evidence
clearly links these chemicals to women's
Researchers from the University of
Reading in the UK found that virtually
all -- 99 percent -- of the tissue
samples collected from women
participating in the study contained at
least one paraben, and 60 percent of the
samples contained no less than five
What should you do?
Buy only personal care products free of
You will have to read labels and find
brands that have women's health in mind.
Wouldn't you rather support companies
that care about these issues?
Parabens are xeno-estrogens, or
chemicals that can act like estrogens in
our bodies. They are commonly found in
make up, shampoo, lotion, shaving cream,
toothpaste, mouthwash as well as some
processed foods and in many
over-the-counter and prescription
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L. Barr, a G. Metaxas, a C. A. J.
Harbach, b L. A. Savoyc and P. D.
Darbred* "Measurement of paraben
concentrations in human breast tissue at
serial locations across the breast from
axilla to sternum." Received: 22 August
2011, Revised: 11 November 2011,
Accepted: 11 November 2011 Published
online in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com)
These statements have not been
approved by the FDA, are for educational
purposes only and are not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any
disease. Always consult your physician
before making any health care decisions.