Women, Cosmetics & Breast Cancer in India

Cosmetics cause breast cancer

Cosmetics Cause Breast Cancer!

Women and Cosmetics

Aggressive advertisements have increased the desire of using cosmetics among the Indian women. This trend has significantly increasing the growth of Women’s cosmetics market in India. A recent study by TechSciResearch estimated that the growth of women cosmetics market in India will be 16% during 2015 to 2020. Increase of urban middle class population and 10% increase in the number of working women are the trends supported this estimated statistics of the growth of Women’s cosmetics market in India [1]. Along with this trend in cosmetics industry, the country is also facing the increasing rate of Breast cancer among women in India. So, is there a relation with the cosmetics and breast cancer among Indian women?

What is Breast Cancer?

What is Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer is a Type of cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts, commonly occur in women & rarely in men. There are around 1 million cases found per year in India. The symptoms are bloody discharge from the nipples, a lump in the breast and change in the shape of breast or nipple [2].

Cosmetics and Breast Cancer

Cosmetics or Personal care products contain various combination of chemicals. They make us feel, look and smell better. But the exposure of these chemical combination are harmful to health. A study identified that Chemicals in your Underarm cosmetics such as deodorant cosmetics cause breast cancer. These chemicals are repeatedly and frequently applied directly on the underarm area which is adjacent to the breast area. The leftover chemicals on the skin causes a dangerous effect on your health. The use of underarm cosmetics has been increased among the women and younger girls even before puberty.  A study conducted by University of Reading identified that women use various kinds of cosmetics those contains different chemicals. They apply cosmetics frequently in the average of 5 times a day. This frequency use of cosmetics and application of excess quantity on their skin increases the possibility for breast cancer [3].  Deodorant is a commonly used underarm cosmetics by both men and women. These contain a different combination of perfume. Perfume is the second major cosmetic that develop asthma among children, which may also increase the possibilities to cause breast cancer [3].

Common list of chemicals used in cosmetics

Cosmetics are daily used by the customers without knowledge of harmful chemicals in the skincare products such as Cuprite goethite, zincite, minimum organic compounds, amorphous carbon, elemental silicon or talc hematite, Parabens and Phthalates. Some cosmetics use even heavy metals such as Lead which is more harmful to human health [4] .

2 Major Chemicals in cosmetics cause Breast Cancer

Parabens and Phthalates are the major cancer causing agents used in cosmetics [5].
Parabens Cause Cancer
Parabens – Parabens act as preservatives in cosmetics such as moisturizing cream, hair cream, shaving cream , gels and other common makeup products. However, the report says many deodorants do not contain parabens. Parabens act as a weak estrogen in human body by penetrating the skin. This turns into breast cancer cells. Parabens are usually found in cancer cells due to its wide usage cosmetics.
Phthalates – Phthalates are mostly used in hair spray and nail polish to hold its color. This chemical is also commonly used in others cosmetics for their fragrances. This, the fragrances of underarm cosmetics like deodorant may cause breast cancer. Phthalates also cause hormone imbalance that indirectly affect the estrogen and testosterone.

How to reduce your exposure to these chemicals and prevent breast cancer?

Reduce the use of underarm cosmetics – Reducing the frequency and quantity of cosmetics could reduce the possibilities of cancer. However, these cosmetics produced with the combination of different chemicals may cause allergies and various skin diseases. Try to avoid applying deodorant directly on your skin in order to avoid the penetration of chemicals into your body. Try to avoid underarm cosmetics and applying moisturizing creams adjacent to breast area. Studies highly recommend avoiding these harmful cosmetics.
Natural or Organic cosmetics – Some working women may face restrictions in avoiding cosmetics since their profession may demand it. Are you one among them? Do not worry. Use of organic cosmetics that are free from chemicals can prevent you from allergies to deadly diseases like cancer. There are many organic stores in India sell organic personal care products. Thus, use of natural organic cosmetics would be a better option.

Read this article in Tamil: ஒப்பனை பொருட்கள் மார்பக புற்றுநோயை ஏற்படுத்துகிறதா? பெண்களே உஷார்!


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