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Parabens = breast cancer? 
23rd-May-2006 04:28 am

"...researchers found six different kinds of parabens in the breast cancer tissue samples. All of the samples contained some parabens... Take-home message: It's not time to throw out your deodorant or antiperspirant, at least not based on this study."

Parabens are found in food, cosmetics and all kinds of other products. Avoiding them is difficult, but not impossible. Even brands like Aveeno and St. Ives, supposedly "higher-end" lotions and creams, contain parabens (not all of them, but a large majority). For my part, I think I'll start phasing them out in the household; when it comes to cancer, and breast cancer in particular, every little thing could make all the difference.

I don't know how feasible it would be, but I'd like to start compiling a list of products (shampoos, conditioners, soaps, lotions, creams, cosmetics etc) that don't contain parabens. Just a brief look at labels at Wal-Mart today was surprising (there's a Wal-Mart equivalent of one Aveeno moisturiser for example, and neither of them contain parabens - but not all Aveeno products are paraben-free). Going paraben-free doesn't - and shouldn't - have to be expensive.
23rd-May-2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
You probably already know about this, but if you need help looking for things that have parabens in them, check out for ingredients of most major products.
23rd-May-2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm skeptical because of these unanswered questions, taken directly from that page:
  • Are parabens also found in normal breast tissue? Are they found in other tissues in the body?
  • Are the same levels of parabens present in breast tissue of women with and without breast cancer?
In other words, they had no control samples to compare the cancer samples to. It might be that parabens are all over the place, and we have paraben levels in our bodies when we're exposed to them in food and other products, but they just sit there and don't actually do any harm.
2nd-Jun-2006 03:18 am (UTC)
Tom's of Maine deodorant, or the crystal, also some Body Shop products don't use parbens and I got deodorant for 1.69 at target that is paraben free and addidas just made one with no parabens that works well in active situations- otherwise I stick to my lichen and such.
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