A study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology reports strong evidence for the connection between breast cancer and parabens. You can read more here at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jat.1786/abstract.
In a nutshell, researchers in England studied the tissue removed as part of mastectomies and in 99% of the cases, the tissue contained parabens. The tissues studied came from different parts of the breast and from women of all ages and breastfeeding history. The one thing they all had in common was the presence of parabens.
Parabens are widely used in the cosmetic and personal care industries as preservatives. While some folks have long suspected deodorants to be a factor in cancer, it is interesting to note that some of these women didn’t use any form of deodorant (must be an English thing). Parabens also a common irritant to people that are sensitive and can cause dermatitis.
Deodorants can contain parabens, as well as shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams, sunscreens and other substances that people apply directly to their skin and hair. Kind of scary when you consider that your skin is the largest organ in your body. You think you are doing something to protect yourself when in fact you could be doing more harm than good. We don’t recommend that you stop using skin lotions and creams and sunscreens and we aren’t saying to quit washing your hair. But we are saying to be aware of what you are putting on your body and start reading labels if you don’t do so already!
Dermatologists have been recommending VaniCream and Free & Clear personal care products for years because they are free from dyes, fragrances, masking fragrances, and other irritating substances. Based on these findings, I recommend that anyone concerned about breast cancer and parabens should start reading labels. Look for parabens in any of their skin or hair care products.
Even if you don’t have outward appearances of sensitivity to parabens, bad things can be going on under the surface. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database of personal care products has always rated the Vanicream and Free & Clear products as safe. The Vanicream Sunsport sunscreen made the list of preferred sunscreens this year. If you are already using a paraben free skin cream like Vanicream, be sure to tell your friends and family about this breast cancer link and urge them to start reading labels.
Friends don’t let friends use skin and hair care products with parabens!
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