Parabens and #cancer

I wrote lately about parabens and what the conclusion has been in the EU of the use in cosmetics. I came across the information that parabens were found in breast cancer tissue, of course no source given. So I needed to look in to the matter in a blogpost.

An article from 2012 at the site states that research had detected the presence of paraben esters in 99 percent of breast cancer tissues sampled. The article also states that other studies link parabens to cancer.

At the site of Breastcancerfund they refer to another earlier study from 2004 that found parabens in biopsy samples of breast cancer tumors. They also say that:

Parabens are used to prevent the growth of yeasts, molds, and bacteria in cosmetics products. Parabens appear in some deodorants and antiperspirants, in addition to personal care products that contain significant amounts of water, such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and facial and shower cleansers and scrubs. They’re also widely used as preservatives in food and pharmaceutical products. These estrogen mimickers are found in nearly all urine samples from U.S. adults of a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds.

Another site that suggests caution with parabens are in an article discussing the use of antiperspirants and deodorants. They are in the first place responding to an email advising people to not use deodorant. They do say that:

Intake of parabens is a possible concern because studies have shown that parabens have weak estrogen-like properties.


On the other hand the article states that parabens are widely used and that most people are exposed to parabens. They say that studies have found parabens in the urine in up to 99% of people in the US but so far, studies have not shown any direct link between parabens and any health problems. But I am not really convinced by this argument. It kind of says “Well, everybody are using it and we know nothing about it.“.

The article on does also discuss aluminium in deodorants and that there is no clear link between aluminium and breast cancer. The article I first reffered to from reffer to metals like aluminium as “metalloestrogens” meaning they mimic the estrogen.

If you ask me I will say as Hamlet: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”


// Eftersom jag nyligen skrev här på bloggen om parabener så stötte jag på infon om att parabener har funnits i bröstcancertumörer. Tyvärr fanns ingen källa men nu har jag kolla lite. De artiklarna jag finner på engelska är dessa:

I dessa nämns alltså att man har funnit i flera studier parabener i bröstcancertumörer vilket i sig inte betyder att parabenerna är skyldiga men där har misstankarna växts. Jag hittar en bra artikel på svenska från Sveriges Konsumenter och där står det bland annat:

En engelsk undersökning har också funnit parabener i en stor andel av bröstcancerknölar. Robert Golden och Jay Gandy (Journal of Applied Toxicology, 2004) har funnit parabener i kvinnors bröst som har bröstcancer. Däremot är de osäkra på om det är parabener som orsakade cancern. Det finns också misstankar om att flera av parabenerna kan vara allergiframkallande. Man bör vara extra vaksam på användande av Parabener hos barn och spädbarn då de generellt sätt är mer känsliga för miljöpåverkan och deras kroppar lättare absorberar ämnen.

Artikeln är daterad från 2010 så för senaste bestämmelserna kolla in på Läkemedelsverket.

Det finns absolut anledning att hålla kemikalierna under luppen när det gäller vår hälsa.




6 thoughts on “Parabens and #cancer

  1. This is really interesting. I’ve been using a more natural deoderant for a year, rarely wear make up and have stopped using shampoo. It’s good to have this info to support my efforts.

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