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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 cancers.
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 parabens.
What should you do? Buy only personal care products free of parabens. 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 pharmaceutical drugs.
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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) DOI 10.1002/jat.1786
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