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Correlation Between Cancer And Parabens In Personal Care Products

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Dr. Marianne Marchese addresses the confusion about parabens and their use in shampoos and lotions, and whether or not parabens can cause cancer. She sees a real correlation between parabens and breast cancer, though that doesn't necessarily mean that parabens directly cause cancer. Even so, she recommends switching to lotions and shampoos that are paraben-free.

Dr. Marchese is clinical supervisor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She uses an integrative approach to health care.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Marchese:
Well, certain shampoos and lotions might be preserved with a chemical called parabens. It'd be called methylparaben or propylparaben, and there is a correlation with parabens and breast cancer. Nobody is really coming out and saying that it’s causing breast cancer, but we know that parabens are very estrogen-like compounds, and that women with breast cancer, they actually took a sample of their breast tumor and found in a 100% of samples they had parabens in there.

So again, it’s correlation, not causing, but it is something that I recommend my patients avoid as they use lotions and shampoos that are paraben-free.

About Dr. Marchese, N.D., LLC:
Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator. She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and specialized in neurological and orthopedic conditions while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Marchese received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland Oregon in 2002. She completed a two-year postgraduate residency in Integrative Medicine and Womens Health and completed a six-month post-graduate training in Environmental Medicine. Dr. Marchese has been an adjunct faculty member at a post-graduate college since 2003 teaching in the areas of women's health and environmental medicine. She first taught at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and later at Life Chiropractic College. Currently, she is clinical supervisor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

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