There's a great deal of evidence suggesting that the above 'chemicals', in fact, all parabens, can increase the risks of developing breast cancer. Further more, many researchers believe they can cause cancer because these parabens mimic estrogen, one of the hormones involved in developing breast cancer. In the many studies conducted in trying to find a cure, something like 99% of biopsied breast tumors had significant amounts of one or more paraben, thus placing the chemicals in the "Must Avoid" category for women. You can type 'parabens and breast cancer' in your search engine and you'll find tons of info confirming this.
So why bring this up? Well, first, parabens are in almost everything out there, from our shampoos and cosmetics to our food, and the danger of parabens is now widely known within the medical community. The good news is many corporations that create our shampoos, etc., have gone to great lengths to remove parabens from their products. The bad news is A) it's still remarkably difficult to find replacement products, and B) the information has been remarkably slow in reaching us as in we, the women who buy these products.
Recently, I needed a body moisturizer (who knew as you get older, your skin gets drier?? Grrrrr), and being aware of the dangers of parabens, I spent a good deal of time reading the backside of tons of moisturizers - almost went blind reading the list of ingredients. Also became depressed at how many of them sounded so good...only to discover they had both methyl and propyl parabens (the two most dangerous to us) in them. By my estimation, about 80% of what I looked at still had parabens in them. Fortunately, I finally found a very good one (I mean REALLY good) completely paraben free and with mostly organic and safe ingredients. AND it was less expensive than the others I'd been looking at. I've had little difficulty in replacing everything and anything in my home that had parabens (of course, it meant reading every ingredient on everything).
So now the reason for bringing all of this up. The reason I'm posting this:
Suppose you had a friend with breast cancer. Probably not hard to imagine since the disease has touched so many of us. Now suppose she had an open wound on the breast with the tumor - and the wound required bandaging - and maybe has a nurse that comes out to clean/re-bandage it. With me so far? Okay. Now, the nurse uses a cleaning agent on the wound before bandaging. Duh. And after several visits, she finally leaves a bottle of the cleanser with your friend in case she needs to do a new bit of bandaging herself. The day finally comes when she does, so she takes out the bottle and uses it...continues to use it for weeks. Now there's more to this story, but it's not important, so I'll skip it and get to the punch line. The provider changed the 'home house call' agency which resulted in a new nurse being assigned, and she used something completely different. She left a bottle of the cleansing agent right away, so now your friend has two different 'solutions' to choose from. Can't help but ask herself; "Which one is the best?" I mean, come on, if you have breast cancer and an open wound - or one that's 'in recovery', you don't want just anything to clean it, right? Right. So she read the ingredients on the bottle the first nurse left her and had been using for weeks - and guess what one of the leading ingredients was?
I suspect your friend would FREAK THE FUCK OUT. *nods* And the second nurse? What did she use and leave for your friend?
Yep, saline. The one 'agent' most recommended for wound cleansing. And of course, no parabens.
Can you imagine how your friend would feel, knowing that for weeks a chemical that mimics estrogen, that has been proven a probable hazard to women when it comes to breast cancer, had been used on her breast??? The one with the tumor???? And it was given to her by a medical professional????? Yeah, *ANGRY THUD*
So what have we learned? WE need to be our own advocate - and we need to be on top of our bodies, what we use on them and put in them. So start looking at everything you have; your deodorants, shampoo, facial cleanser, all types of moisturizers, your toothpaste (seriously) and mouth rinse, your foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, lip balm... and of course processed foods of any kind...do I need to go on? When you do, you'll be both shocked and surprised - and you'll need a large trash bag.
The good news is replacing most of those products will cost you less in the long run.
So ends this PSA.