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Are your cosmetics and lotions linked to breast cancer? 

  • Parabens are hormone mimickers that allegedly disrupt your endocrine system  
    • Parabens are preservatives (methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben)  
    • The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.  
    • Found in shampoos, moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricant, topical pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, toothpaste, food additives. Due to low cost, many will say that there is no proof of causing cancer.  
    • They can also be listed as Alkyl parahydroxy benzoates. Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/parabens-sulfates-dangers/#ixzz4dsblSUbR. 
  • Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin may react with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage. So you want more wrinkles?  
  • Some articles and sites will tell you that they are perfectly safe and the concern about breast cancer links is hogwash. Here is a direct quote on the “mode of action” from one such site. “They are thought to act by disrupting membrane transport processes [4] or by inhibiting synthesis of DNA and RNA [5] or of some key enzymes”. Sooo….they’re talking about disrupting membrane transport process and DNA/RNA synthesis. But they somehow stop at just the bad bacteria? Not likely.  
  • In the 1990s, parabens were deemed xenoestrogens―agents that mimic estrogen in the body. “Estrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. And in 2004 British cancer researcher Philippa Darbre, Ph.D., found paraben metabolites present in malignant breast tumors. As a result, experts in many countries are recommending limits on paraben levels in cosmetic products. What’s more, watchdog organizations worry that if parabens can be stored in the body, over time they could have a cumulative effect and pose a health risk. (realsimple.com)  
  • What worries public health advocates is that while individual products may contain limited amounts of parabens within safe limits set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), cumulative exposure to the chemicals from several different products could be overloading our bodies and contributing to a wide range of health problems. “Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells.” Research has shown that the perceived influx of estrogen beyond normal levels can in some cases trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors. CSC cites a 2004 British study that detected traces of five parabens in the breast tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied. “This small study does not prove a causal relationship between parabens and breast cancer, but it is important because it detected the presence of intact parabens—unaltered by the body’s metabolism—which is an indication of the chemical’s ability to penetrate skin and remain in breast tissue.” According to the group, a more recent study found higher levels of one paraben, n-propylparaben, in the axilla quadrant of the breast where the highest proportion of breast tumors is found. CSC reports that parabens have also been linked to reproductive, immunological, neurological and skin irritation problems. (www.scientificamerican.com)  
  • Banned in EU in 2012. Tell me...if they're not that bad for you...why did the EU ban them? 
  • Some companies have created preservative-free products that have shorter shelf lives than conventional products (six months to a year), but if used daily are likely to be used up before they expire.  
  • http://bcaction.org/site-content/uploads/2015/10/Oct-2015-TB4UP-webinar-FINAL.pdf  
  • I am not saying that if you use products with parabens, you will get breast cancer. I’m saying they are suspicious and why take the risk? They are only used to extend shelf life of products which means the manufacturer doesn’t have to eat the cost if they go bad sitting on the shelf too long.  
  • Krome Cosmetics will never use parabens. If I can’t make a product without them, I won’t make it. Period!