by: Dr. Scott Graves
July 20, 2012
According to a study published in Breast Cancer Research, it is suggested that male breast cancer has been on the rise for the past 15 years. A study in the 2004 Journal of Toxicology, found that “18 out of 20 breast tumors contained significant concentration of parabens.” This study did not conclude a link between them and cancer; however, it raises red flags.
A paraben is a synthetic chemical preservative that is used in wide variety of personal care and cosmetic products. They prevent the growth of bacteria and also help products to last longer on the shelf. One report estimates that they are used in over 13,200 products on the market today. Before being altered, they actually are formed from an acid (p-hydroxy-benzoic acid) found in raspberries and blackberries.