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The toxic substances included in many household items mean that these cosmetics and cleaners can threaten your health. And now Korean scientists have shown that one of these ingredients can promote the growth of breast cancer cells.
The chemical studied by the Korean researchers is triclosan (an antimicrobial). Triclosan is often used to make soap “antibacterial.” It may also be present in toothpaste and cosmetics.
In lab tests on breast cancer cells and in animals, the researchers found that triclosan affects the genes that drive breast cancer cell growth. The result: faster growing tumors.
When the scientists exposed the lab animals to triclosan and octylphenol, a chemical often added to paint and other products, they found that their tumors were larger and denser.
“Although the doses of EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals) were somewhat high, we did this to simulate their effects of daily exposure, as well as body accumulation due to long-term exposure, simultaneously in animal experiments,” says researcher Kyung-Chul Choi.
The study concludes: “Thus, exposure to EDCs may significantly increase the risk of breast cancer development and adversely affect human health.”