Is there a link between parabens and breast cancer?

Concerns have been around for years about whether antiperspirants and deodorants could cause breast cancer.

Now researchers have found that paraben traces are found in the tissue of almost all breast cancer patients -  regardless of whether they use antiperspirants, according to Time Magazine.

The latest research is published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology and looked at 160 breast-tissue samples from 40 English mastectomy patients.

99% of samples had traces of at least one paraben, and even patients who’d never used underarm products had paraben traces in their breast tissue.

The authors say this isn’t surprising as parabens are found in many other products such as shampoos and make-up.

The study doesn’t claim that parabens cause cancer, however, as it’s possible that people without cancer might have equally high levels of the chemicals.

But if you are worried that there may be a link, it is possible to avoid parabens by using natural beauty products.

“For women who just can’t shake their concerns about parabens, but don’t want to give up feeling fresh, many companies, such as Burt’s Bees and Weleda, offer paraben-free products,” says Time Magazine.

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