Did you know that paraben ester, a preservative used in many cosmetics and beauty products, has been linked to cancer? And in a recent study, this chemical was found in 99 percent of breast cancer tissue sampled.
This is concerning since paraben ester is used in shampoos, moisturizers, shaving gels, makeup and deodorants.
The highest concentration was found in the tissue closest to the underarm (the axilla quadrant of the breast)—the area where most breast tutors are found.
Research shows that paraben ester can act like estrogen in the body, leading to reduced muscle mass, more fat storage and breast growth. Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report stating the following:
“Because of the high consumption volume and high lipophilicity of sunscreens, these compounds [parabens] have the potential to enter and persist in the environment and bioaccumulate in tissues of living organisms.”
Other studies also show how parabens cause cancers, as well as metabolic, developmental, hormonal and neurological issues.
Parabens come in various name forms such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, popylparaben, butylparaben and benzylparaben. The best way to make sure you’re in the clear is to read the labels!
But parabens are not the only chemicals that can lead to cancer. Other chemicals include aluminum, arsenite, barium, chromium, copper, tin among others.
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