Friday, November 20, 2009

How to Prevent Breast Cancer: Use Natural Cosmetics

Some beauty products contain toxic and endocrine disrupting chemicals that may be breast cancer risk factors.

Most consumers assume that the substances that put on their bodies, -- whether lotions, or cleansers or cosmetics – are safe. Unfortunately in the United States, the personal care products industry is virtually unregulated, and many toxic chemicals can be found in the most common of makeup, shampoos, lotions and other personal care products.

Many of these compounds contain substances that have been linked to cancer, including breast cancer; others contain chemicals like phthalates and parabens, both of which are endocrine disrupting chemicals that have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and other health problems.

For more information about safe cosmetics, for both adults and their children, consult the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on-line guide. And for a great resource that allows you to see whether your favorite personal care products are considered safe or not, try the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetics safety database.

See DIY Natural Beauty Products and How to Tell if Your Cosmetics are Truly Natural.

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