Cancer Risk Smoking Tobacco Products
Use of cosmetics and personal care products
While fully recognizing that smoking tobacco is in itself the single most important cause of cancer, it should again be emphasized that non-smoking causes of cancer account for about 75% of the increased incidence of cancer in the U.S. and other major industrialized nations since the 1950’s.
In this context, It should be emphasized that there are striking and revealing differences between risks of smoking and those of cosmetics and personal care products.
Smoking in the U.S. and most major industrialized nations, other than the Asiatic, is increasingly restricted to lower socioeconomic groups, while the use of cosmetics and personal care products is population-wide.
Moreover, smoking is uncommon prior to adolescence, while direct exposure to personal care products commences in infancy when sensitivity to carcinogens is maximal. Furthermore, it should be recognized that prior to addition, especially in adolescents, smoking is a voluntary act with an inherent assumption of risk.
This risk is emphasized by explicit cigarette warning labels, while there is no such warning and assumption of risk by the multimillion worldwide users of cosmetics and personal care products.
So for all these reasons, it must be emphasized that cosmetics and personal care products are one of the most important, if not the single most important, causes of avoidable and involuntary lifelong exposure to multiple carcinogens.
That the incidence of cancer in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Japan and other industrialized nations has escalated to epidemic proportions over recent decades is unarguable. That consumers are unknowingly exposed to carcinogenic ingredients and contaminants in mainstream industry cosmetics, personal care products, food and household products, is unarguable.
That cosmetics and personal care products are in varying degrees contaminated with dozens of carcinogens, and are usually applied daily to large areas of skin virtually from birth to death is also unarguable. This point becomes much more critical as such carcinogens are readily absorbed through the skin, with absorption facilitated by common detergent ingredients.
Industry claims of confidentiality and trade secrecy have often been, and still are, a serious deterrent to the recognition of potential risks from carcinogenic and otherwise toxic products and processes. The greatest incentive to reduce the use of toxics is public knowledge of their identity and routes of avoidable exposure, particularly when safe alternatives are available.
Most cosmetics and personal care products manufactured and marketed are veritable “witches brews” of multiple known carcinogenic ingredients and contaminants. However, no such information is disclosed to the public. Apart from a few complete products which themselves are carcinogenic, such as talc, there are two major classes of carcinogenic ingredients. The first class includes those ingredients that are carcinogenic themselves, which are known as the “frank” carcinogens.
The second group are those “hidden” carcinogens that, while not carcinogenic themselves, may under certain conditions have carcinogenic properties. Over 40 carcinogens used in mainstream industry cosmetics and personal care products are “frank”, and over 30 are “hidden”.
Given the fact that some 20% of US women regularly use deodorizing talcum powder, and that ovarian cancer is one of the most lethal cancers in US women, striking over some 25,000 and killing 14,000 annually, it is most reprehensible that both FDA and industry have been totally unresponsive.
This gaping chasm between cancer risks and those directly or indirectly responsible for preventing such risks leaves the market place as the final and only mechanism for assuring the safety of consumer products.
Once health-conscious citizens are provided with information on the hazards of mainstream consumer products and the safety of alternative non-mainstream products, they will boycott the former, and instead purchase the latter. Thus by default, the market place is becoming the last refuge and mechanism for achieving non-regulatory reform of consumer products.
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Los Angeles Local Office director of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Shelley