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Is Breast Cancer Linked to Chemicals?

Chemicals from underarm deodorants and other cosmetics
can build up inside the body, according to a recent study. British
researchers have found traces of chemicals called parabens
in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. While there is no
evidence parabens cause cancer (breast cancer or any other
cancer), the scientists have called for the use of parabens to
be reviewed. The cosmetics industry insists the chemicals,
which are used as preservatives and are approved for use by
regulators, are safe. Dr Philippa Darbre and colleagues at the
University of Reading carried out tests on samples of 20
different human breast tumours (Breat Cancer). Writing in the
Journal of Applied Toxicology, they say they found traces of
parabens in every sample (of breast cancer tumour). Their tests
suggested the chemicals had seeped into the tissue after being
applied to the skin. "This is the first study to show their
accumulation in human tissues," said Dr Darbre. "It
demonstrates that if people are exposed to these chemicals, then
the chemicals will accumulate in their bodies." Dr Darbre said
there may be reason for people to be concerned about the
findings. "Their detection in human breast tumours (breast
cancer) is of concern since parabens have been shown to be able
to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen," she said.
"Oestrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumours (breast
cancer) . It would therefore seem especially prudent to consider
whether parabens should continue to be used in such a wide range
of cosmetics applied to the breast area including deodorants."

for further information see http://bodiorganic.com/parabens.htm

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