Chemical commonly found in hand soap and sanitizers may increase risk of breast cancer

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent widely used in many different products, such as hand soap and sanitizer, plastic kitchen tools, cutting boards, high chairs, pencils, deodorant, clothes, toys, bedding and other fabrics.

A 2014 study published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Chemical Research in Toxicology found that triclosan, as well another commercial substance called octylphenol, promoted the growth of human breast cancer cells. Use products that do not contain these two toxic chemicals.

References

Hye-Rim Lee, Progression of Breast Cancer Cells Was Enhanced by Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals, Triclosan and Octylphenol, via an Estrogen Receptor-Dependent Signaling Pathway in Cellular and Mouse Xenograft Models, Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2014, 27 (5), pp 834–842.

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