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Ethyl Paraben - Methyl Paraben - Butyl Paraben Propyl Paraben
Are parabens safe when used on the skin?
Concern over deodorant chemicals -
BBC News Item 11/01/04
Chemicals from underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can build up inside the body, according to a recent study.
British researchers have found traces of chemicals called parabens in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. While there is no evidence parabens cause cancer, the scientists have called for the use of parabens to be reviewed.
The cosmetics industry insists the chemicals, which are used as preservatives and are approved for use by regulators, are safe.
Dr Philippa Darbre and colleagues at the University of Reading carried out tests on samples of 20 different human breast tumours.
Writing in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, they say they found traces of parabens in every sample.
Their tests suggested the chemicals had seeped into the tissue after being applied to the skin.
"This is the first study to show their accumulation in human tissues," said Dr Darbre. "It demonstrates that if people are exposed to these chemicals, then the chemicals will accumulate in their bodies."
Dr Darbre said there may be reason for people to be concerned about the findings. "Their detection in human breast tumours is of concern since parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen," she said.
"Oestrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumours. It would therefore seem especially prudent to consider whether parabens should continue to be used in such a wide range of cosmetics applied to the breast area including deodorants."
Dr Philip Harvey, European editor of the journal, said the findings should be interpreted cautiously. "Further work is required to examine any association between oestrogenic and other chemicals in underarm cosmetics and breast cancer."
Chris Flower, director general of the UK's Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association, welcomed the study. "It is welcome additional information and we will want to examine the findings in detail," he told BBC News Online.
"However, parabens have a very, very good safety profile. We have an enormous amount of information which supports the safety of these chemicals and their use in cosmetics."
Delyth Morgan of Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: "This extremely small study does not demonstrate a direct causal link between deodorant or antiperspirant use and developing breast cancer. "Further research is needed to establish the source of the chemicals found in the breast tumour samples and what, if any, the relationship is to breast cancer."
A spokesman for the UK's Department of Trade and Industry said government scientists would examine the findings. "Parabens are approved for use in the UK and in Europe and all the information we have suggests they are safe to use. "However, British scientists will examine this study."
Dr Richard Sullivan, head of clinical programmes at Cancer Research UK, said there was no evidence that deodorants were linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. He said the latest study was very small, and had by no means produced conclusive results. "The increased incidence we are seeing of breast cancer can be explained by many other factors," he said
Well here we go again. We have been warning people about the potential toxic effects of parabens for ages and how the increase in breast cancer and all cancers could be directly attributed to chemicals in the body. (This includes of course the recent shocking revelations that HRT was directly responsible for another 20,000 women to contract cancer) Not just from using underarm deodorants either. Virtually all so-called "skin care" products have toxic and potentially dangerous chemicals in them. Parabens are just one of a large bunch of toxic chemicals that no-one has any idea of what the long term effects are if you used every day on the skin.
The hollow platitudes of reassurance from the chemical and cosmetic industry are starting to sound like a stuck record as more and more damning evidence is mounting against them and their toxic assault on the human species. Despite what they say, the studies have never been done on the long-term effects of any of these chemicals let alone the effects of perhaps ten or twenty or 100 chemicals interacting in the body. I suppose they will try to blame a high fat diet again or perhaps the old whipping block that people live longer and will get more cancer or they are eating to much salt. What twaddle! This doesn't explain why woman are contracting cancer at much younger ages than ever before and childhood cancer is increasing at an alarming rates!
Perhaps the toxic chemicals kill the brain cells first because you would have to be brain dead to think that putting toxic synthetic chemicals on your skin is actually good for you in any way shape or form. Just shows you how reason flies out the window when share holder profits are the primary concern of big business!
I repeat my message:
If you want to be free of all the toxic chemicals that vested interests tell you are "good" for your skin and "safe" don't use them! Period! The only safe products that we can recommend with confidence at the www.health-report.co.uk website for use on the skin are Certified Organic products that are made to food grade standards. Yes you could eat them - because they are 100% free of ALL synthetic chemicals.
|Look at how the chemical industry confuses the public by calling parabens all these different names. Don't you think is is about time you became chemical free and used 100% Synthetic Chemical FREE products. You can do this by choosing to use CERTIFIED ORGANIC skincare and cosmetics free of ALL toxic chemicals|
|Common Name||The Synonyms for Paraben|
|Benzoic acid, 4-hydroxy-, phenylmethyl ester
4-Hydroxybenzoate de benzyle
4-hidroxibenzoato de bencilo
benzoate, 4-hydroxy-, benzyl
4-Hydroxybenzoic acid benzyl ester
Benzoic acid, p-hydroxy-, benzyl ester
p-Hydroxybenzoic acid benzyl ester
|isobutylparaben||Benzoic acid, 4-hydroxy-, 2-methylpropyl
Isobutyl-4-hydroxybenzoat 4-hidroxibenzoato de isobutilo
Benzoic acid, p-hydroxy-, isobutyl ester
p-Hydroxybenzoic acid isobutyl ester
|Butylparaben||Benzoic acid, 4-hydroxy-, butyl ester
4-Hydroxybenzoate de butyle butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate
4-hidroxibenzoato de butilo
4-Hydroxybenzoic acid butyl ester
benzoate, 4-hydroxy-, butyl
Benzoic acid, p-hydroxy-, butyl ester
n-Butylparabenp-Hydroxybenzoic acid butyl ester
|n-Propylparaben||Benzoic acid, 4-hydroxy-, propyl ester
4-Hydroxybenzoate de propyle propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate Propyl-4-hydroxybenzoat
4-hidroxibenzoato de propilo
4-Hydroxybenzoic acid propyl ester
4-hydroxybenzoic acid propylester
benzoate, 4-hydroxy-, propyl
Benzoic acid, p-hydroxy-, propyl ester
p-Hydroxybenzoic acid propyl ester
p-Hydroxybenzoic acid, propyl ester
p-Hydroxybenzoic propyl ester
|Ethylparaben||Benzoic acid, 4-hydroxy-, ethyl ester
4-Hydroxybenzoate d'ethyle ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate
4-hidroxibenzoato de etilo
benzoate, 4-hydroxy-, ethyl
4-Hydroxybenzoic acid ethyl ester
Benzoic acid, p-hydroxy-, ethyl ester
p-Hydroxybenzoate ethyl ester
p-Hydroxybenzoic acid ethyl ester
|Methylparaben||Benzoic acid, 4-hydroxy-, methyl ester
4-Hydroxybenzoate de methyle
4-Hidroxibenzoato de metilo
4-Hydroxybenzoic acid methyl ester
, 4-hydroxy-, methyl methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
methyl ester of p-hydroxy benzoic acid
Benzoic acid, p-hydroxy-, methyl ester
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