For years, experts have been warning women about some very toxic ingredients the cosmetic industry uses which put users at risk of cancer and hormonal changes. University of Reading researchers have now found one of those chemicals in 99 percent of the tissue samples for women undergoing mastectomies for first primary breast cancer.
“We have to do a better job at protecting the health of our children, but we also have to do a better job of protecting the women that feed our children, especially in their first year of life,” said Patricia Ongo a breastfeeding specialist commenting on the results of the study.
A number of studies since 1998 have raised concerns about the potential role of these parabens in breast cancer as they possess estrogenic properties. Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Dr. Samuel Epstein, warned women that toxic ingredients in Avon Products put users at risk and urged the National Cancer Institute to terminate affiliations.
“Their detection in human breast tumors is of concern since parabens have been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, and estrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumors,” Dr. Philippa Darbre, lead author of the study, said in a statement.
Parabens are a chemical compound found in everyday toiletry products including moisturisers, make-up, shaving foam, tanning lotions and toothpaste.