Do the Parabens in Your Lotions & Shampoos Cause Cancer?
Do Parabens Cause Cancer?
What exactly are parabens, and do they cause cancer? Parabens are a certain type of synthetic preservative that can be found in most widely manufactured lotions, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers—and even some cereals and snacks!
If you go into your medicine cabinet or into your bathroom and pick up your lotion bottles from your local drug store or pharmacy, I can guarantee that you will see any one or all of the following parabens: methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, and/or ethyparaben. But there are preservatives in everything, you say? Yes, it is sad but unfortunately true, and many of those preservatives are doing more damage to our bodies than we might even know.
While it's true that the media is constantly coming out with new "tests" and "studies" that report on newly discovered causes of cancer, the hundreds of studies that have been conducted on the link between parabens and cancer do seem to conclusively show that parabens cause cancer. Specifically, parabens have been highly linked to breast cancer.
According to livestrong.com, parabens cause cancer as well as a range of other modern side effects such as early puberty and a decrease in sperm levels in men. The early puberty is more than evident to parents in today's generation than it ever has been in years past. When I was in elementary school, in first grade to be exact, one girl had already started growing breasts. Today, it is common to see at least a few girls in elementary school who started very early puberty. Some boys have even been known to show signs of breast growth. Can this be attributed to evolution, or simply harmful chemicals that we are pumping into our bodies without realizing it?
How would parabens cause cancer if they do indeed cause cancer, you may ask. Over time, parabens seep into our endocrine systems through the skin and disrupt our healthy endocrine systems by mirroring the effects of estrogen. Too much estrogen can be an attribution to breast cancer, as well as (duh) early puberty and breasts on little boys. Making sense yet?
I am a strong believer that the synthetic preservatives, specifically for this article parabens, are aiding in our society's increasing health problems, specifically cancer. Do parabens cause cancer? I believe they do, but that doesn't mean you have to believe it. Do the research for yourself...take the risk if you want to or do something healthy for yourself and start purchasing beauty and body products that contain no parabens. If parabens cause cancer, you don't want to have them around your house!
Unfortunately it is very difficult to keep parabens that cause cancer out of your daily life, and why? Because nearly 75 to 90% of the body washes, shampoos, lotions, moisturizers, face creams and even make-up contain parabens. Believe it or not. Why would these companies be giving us beauty and body products that contain parabens that could cause cancer? Because parabens are a preservative and keep that romantically pungent, Sweetpea lotion on your shelf to use for years to come. Is it cheaper for these large companies (Suave, Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, Avon, Clinique) to use parabens that cause cancer? I have no idea, but it would make more sense to me if they left the preservative parabens out of their products...that way we would end up buying more anyways!
Healthy Alternatives to Cancer-Causing Parabens
Do parabens cause cancer? If they do or they don't, the point is that they are a type of synthetic chemical preservative and science has proven that preservatives are not healthy for the human body in large doses...whether it be rubbed onto our skin for seventy years or consumed by our digestive systems. They say that dead bodies that go into the ground last much much longer than the did fifty years ago because of all of the preservatives that we take into our bodies these days. Scary, huh?
I don't know about you, but I am making an effort to cut out the parabens causing cancer out of my life - out of my beauty products, body products, and any collaborative foods. There are healthy alternatives to parabens on the market today; it just takes some research and patience to find decent products free of parabens.
One particular product that I use, as well as use on my little girl, is Pure & Natural's Body Wash. It's paraben-free, 100% biodegradable, and is packaged in a 100% recyclable bottle. Plus, here's the best news, I purchased it at the nearest Publix Grocery Store for the same price as Dove Body Wash or Caress! (I want to say it was about $3.99?)
Amazon has a whole myriad of paraben free beauty and body products that are well worth looking into, including makeup by Vasanti and Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoos and body washes. There are even baby body washes made paraben free.
There are some articles on the internet that claim that the whole "parabens cause cancer" idea has gotten out of hand. But let's be real with ourselves here, could all of these synthetic chemicals be healthy for our bodies?
If parabens cause cancer, let's reduce our risk of cancer by taking care of our bodies, inside and out. Cut the parabens out of your life, then work on the rest of the preservatives for a healthier life and body.