Paraben, a chemical preservative present in many everyday toiletries and cosmetic products (such as face creams, underarm deodorants, hair care products, make-up products), processed food (such as sausages and pies) and pharmaceuticals (eg the Pill) has been strongly linked to breast cancer.
This latest finding was from a group of scientists from the University of Reading that carried out the research and published in Journal of Applied Toxicology. The study which was an attempt to identify links between Parabens and breast cancer showed that Parabens were present in breast cancer tissue taken from 40 women during a study.
However, it is interesting to note that majority of women involved in the study said they did not use deodorant or similar cosmetic products and thus researchers are of the believe the Parabens enter the body in a number of different ways.
Health experts are now calling for more research to be carried out to explore the findings further. It is on record that Parabens have long been suspected as a contributing cause of breast cancer but this is the first time a link has been found.
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