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It’s Time We All Put This Paraben Scare to Bed!!

Do natural parabens cause cancer?

When was the last time you heard of a single individual contracting cancer from RUBBING a peach or an onion or a strawberry on their skin?... Come on now folks when? Are you really that confused about natural occurring parabens?

In the natural plant world, parabens also known as 4-hydroxybenzoic acids and their derivatives are commonly found in various fruits, vegetables and grains such as barley, strawberries, black currants, peaches, bananas, carrots, onions, cocoa-beans, vanilla; found in foods prepared from fruit plants such as grapes and fruit juices, yeast extract, wine vinegar and also in cheeses. THESE ARE NATURAL OCCURRING PARABENS.

Natural parabens are used as preservatives by superior cosmetic manufacturers because of their excellent safety profile. To be very clear, parabens are used in cosmetic products because they provide superior resistance to microbial spoilage.

What is apparent to this writer is that an individual with little to no medical research experience or training has arbitrarily written an article attempting to link natural parabens used in cosmetics to the possibility of contracting cancer using underarm deodorants. IT'S ALL BALDERDASH! Let's get real...

As an American Manufacturer of Botanical Skin Care Products in excess of 58 years, we are quite aware of the LATEST research published by Dr. Phillippa Darbre and the concern this PARABEN SCARE may cause to consumers. But to date, this link of natural parabens to cancer has no research substantiation. This research does not find a causal link between underarm cosmetics containing parabens and breast cancer.

Parabens are preservatives that are used in cosmetics because of their excellent safety profile. However, where parabens are used in cosmetic products they are declared in the ingredient listing by the name ‘paraben’.


Dr. Darbre reports finding parabens in samples of human breast tumor tissues but she also found quantities of parabens in "blank" samples that did not contain any cancer tissue at all.

Thus, the significance of her results is not easy to ascertain. Extensive independent research has previously shown that any traces of parabens that might enter the skin are completely broken down by skin cells to harmless substances that cannot pose any risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Chris Flower of the CTPA said “Extensive research is available to our members and continues to indicate that there is no proven link between rising breast cancer rates and the use of antiperspirants or deodorants. Dr. Darbre's research is based on an extremely small sample of 20 breast tumor cases and does not include any reference samples from normal tissues.”

Safety is the number one priority for CTPA members who manufacture antiperspirants and deodorants. Parabens are officially approved for use under the Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC), the European legislation that regulates all cosmetics and toiletries. They reassure the public that all cosmetic and toiletry products containing parabens may continue to be used safely.

I encourage you to review the latest research posted on parabens and cancer via the internet!

This article is the sole opinion of the writer, written in response to the ridiculous - PARABEN SCARE!

Dennis E. Bright, Retired RN