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OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries around the world every October, helps raise awareness and support for the early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease. Please join us and look for local events to participate in this month and share your amazing pictures and videos on TL social media.

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Breast Cancer – Cosmetic Ingredients To Avoid

Certain chemical ingredients that have been identified as having potential links to cancer have no place in anyone’s beauty routine, yet these chemicals are present in many cosmetic and personal care products found on store shelves across the United States. Due to an outdated and weak law governing cosmetics, carcinogens have not been banned – or are even restricted – for use in cosmetics in the U.S. and remains one of the least regulated sectors in the United States.

There are literally thousands of chemicals in personal care products like deodorants, shampoo, body wash, skincare and makeup. Many of those chemicals are linked to breast cancer, either because they are known carcinogens, or are hormone disruptors. While some of these chemicals are listed on ingredient labels, many are not because they are contaminants or they are hidden behind preservatives or fragrance.

If you think of how many times you use a body wash, shampoo, toothpaste etc each day, it’s the cumulative effect of our exposure to these unsafe chemicals   — even in small amounts, that has many healthcare practitioners concerned.

It’s ironic that the very companies that claim to support breast cancer organizations continue to use these harmful chemicals in their products.

PTFE/PFOA

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is used in some anti-aging products. PTFE may be contaminated with perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA), a possible carcinogen. Exposure to these compounds is associated with delayed menstruation, later breast development and increased incidence of breast cancer.

Polyacrylamide/acrylamide

Polyacrylamide is a stabilizer and binder in lotions and other products. Though it is not a concern in itself, it is made up of repeating molecules of acrylamide, which is a strongly suspected carcinogen linked to mammary tumors.

Styrene

Residual styrene may be a contaminant in cosmetics with styrene-based ingredients. It is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen and a hormone disruptor. Styrene may also be toxic to red blood cells, the liver, and the central nervous system.

Phthalates

Phthalates are a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals found in cosmetics like nail polish and fragrance. Phthalate exposure is linked to early puberty in girls, a risk factor for later-life breast cancer. Some phthalates also act as weak estrogens in cell culture systems.

Parabens

Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as preservatives in creams, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics. They are absorbed through the skin. Some parabens are known hormone disruptors.

1, 4-dioxane

1,4-dioxane is a contaminant formed in the manufacture of ingredients used as sudsing agents in shampoos, body wash, and children’s bath products. It is a reasonably anticipated carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Cadmium and other metals

Cadmium is a known carcinogen and has estrogen-mimicking properties. It can be a contaminant in some color cosmetics and face paints marketed to kids.

UV filters

Several UV filters used in cosmetics may have hormone disrupting properties, including benzophenone, homosalate, and octinoxate. These chemicals are used in a variety of personal care products such as shampoos, sunscreens, lipstick, nail polish and skin creams.

Triclosan

Triclosan is used to limit the growth of bacteria and mold in personal care products. The chemical, which is classified as a pesticide, can affect the body’s hormone systems—especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism—and may disrupt normal breast development.

Help reduce your risk and that of your families and loved ones now by avoiding these chemicals in ALL your personal care, skincare and makeup. As one of the first Compact Signers with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, we are fierce advocates of working to very strict European Cosmetic Regulations. It keeps us safe and it keeps our wonderful customers safe too by practicing a higher level of ingredient quality and transparency.




SOURCES

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
BreastCancer.org
Cancer.org
BCPP.org
Safecosmetics.org
Madesafe.org

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