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The Sun (UK) reports,
Most women have been using make-up and deodorant for years without a second thought. But new research might make you think twice.
Parabens, a chemical used in cosmetics, toiletries and some food products to prolong shelf-life, has been found in tumours taken from breast cancer patients.
Dr Philippa Darbre, reader in oncology at the University of Reading, has spent years studying parabens and how they get into the body. She says: “Parabens can mimic the action of oestrogen and there is a link between oestrogen and breast cancer”…
Here’s why this claim is nonsense. From CosmeticsInfo.org:
Some scientific studies have suggested that butyl and possibly propylparaben can mimic the effect of the endocrine hormone estrogen when tested at very high concentrations in cell cultures and female mice. This effect is sometimes referred to as endocrine disruption. Some recent studies have claimed that there is a link between Paraben exposure, particularly in underarm cosmetics, and breast cancer caused by endocrine disruption. These studies have been largely discredited by the scientific community, particularly by those who study the toxic effects of chemicals on the body. In fact, scientists who study the effects of products on the population (epidemiologists) have found no direct link between underarm products and breast cancer (1).
Many materials found in plants used as food also have an estrogenic effect. These naturally occurring materials are called phytoestrogens and are present in soy and other fruits and vegetables. Some of these phytoestrogens, when tested in the same way as Parabens, give similar estrogen-like results. However, Parabens have been shown to be 10,000 times weaker than the most potent phytoestrogens and 100,000 times less potent than estradiol, the estrogen produced naturally by the body. Most scientists agree that there is no endocrine- disrupting effect from the use of Parabens in cosmetic and personal care products because their action, if any, is so weak.