Parabens linked to Breast Tumors

breast cancer hair colorScientists in the United Kingdom found para-hydroxybezoic acids (parabens), a chemical commonly found in hair and beauty products, in breast tumors.  Their analysis of 20 breast tumours found high concentrations of the chemical in 18 samples. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancer.

“From this research it is not possible to say whether parabens actually caused these tumors, but they may certainly be associated with the overall rise in breast cancer cases,” says Philip Harvey, an editor of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, which published the research.

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