Nov 12, 2016

AS A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR I AM HORRIFIED BY THIS PRODUCT




For years, people have innocently stood by and purchased products with harmful ingredients in them. They rub these body and makeup products all over their skin (your largest organ) and from there it gets absorbed directly into your blood stream/body.

There are lots of ingredients in our day to day products that have been proven to cause long term harm. Sure if you put a little paraben fuelled moisturizer on your face one day it's not going to instantly kill you, so they get approved for use. But after numerous studies it has been proven that parabens can cause/spur the growth of cancer. Soooo why the hell are they even allowed to put them in products or want to for that matter?

There have been numerous studies that show breast cancer especially responds to parabens.
"A new study has found that chemicals called parabens can spur the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells. And they appear to be able to do this even in tiny amounts.For the study, scientists grew breast cancer cells in a lab. They treated the cancer cells with low doses of parabens along with heregulin, a growth-promoting substance that’s normally found in breast tissue. The two chemicals are known to have a more powerful effect when combined.
When the two chemicals were combined, the dose of parabens needed to stimulate growth was 100 times lower. That suggests parabens may be exerting effects at levels people are being exposed to in real life, according to study author Ruthann Rudel, who co-directs the research program for the non-profit Silent Spring Institute."
When the two chemicals were combined, the dose of parabens needed to stimulate growth was 100 times lower. That suggests parabens may be exerting effects at levels people are being exposed to in real life, according to study author Ruthann Rudel, who co-directs the research program for the non-profit Silent Spring Institute." source - Web MD OCT 2015

While cosmetics and personal care products are made up of a number of ingredients, there are two groups of chemicals that are being studied for links to breast cancer.
  • Parabens (the most common are methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben) are chemicals commonly used as preservatives in many cosmetic products, including makeup, moisturizers, hair care products, and shaving creams/gels (most major brands of antiperspirants and deodorants don't contain parabens). Parabens can penetrate the skin and act like a very weak estrogen in the body -- potentially turning on the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers. Parabens have been found in breast tissue and breast cancers, but this really doesn't mean much. Parabens have been found in many other tissues because of their wide use. Source - breastcancer.org

The reason for my anger today is that I went to pick up a prescription from the chemist last night and there was this brand new pink product sitting on the counter.

It is a product by QV (A very reputable, trusted brand by hundreds of people in Australia - Kate Ritchie is the face of it, you can't get someone you'd trust more to give you that image of wholesome and safe) and this cream is called 'Self check breast cream' and the whole idea is to get you to rub cream on your breasts regularly to get you into the habit of checking your breasts, early detection is key after all.

Of course you do not need a cream to check your breasts.

Especially a cream that has a paraben in it. (And other ingredients that aren't good either but for now we'll focus on the paraben)

Parabens have been linked to breast cancer.....QV have invented a cream to use everyday on your breast that contains said parabens. Seriously WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU PUT THAT INGREDIENT IN IT.

I feel like they are glorifying breast cancer, putting this product under the pink umbrella of 'breast cancer prevention' because they know it will spark interest, everyone wants to do their bit for breast cancer and are they actually using this to make money?

Now as you know if you follow my blog, I have been very anti parabens for years, I write countless posts on paraben free products, reviews etc. As I truly believe most people aren't even aware of half the ingredients in their products and if they were educated they could make better, healthier choices.

I am also a breast cancer survivor.

And I find this product insulting, offensive and a ploy to capitalise on the breast cancer hype and persona.
Seriously, if you want to make a breast cancer cream, make one that has absolute NO CHANCE of causing/increasing breast cancer cell growth.

I mean this is a brand new product that they didn't even need to create, when there's research showing links to breast cancer and parabens, I just don't understand it. I don't understand why in the eyes of big companies details like that just do't matter. You do not need parabens in products, there are plenty of other ingredients that can be used as alternatives.

It blows my mind.

So girls, if you are performing a breast check (which I definitely encourage you to do very regularly!) please just use your bare hands or something completely natural like coconut oil.

And QV if you want to do something to actually help breast cancer awareness, kindly stop selling this product, make one that isn't harmful and don't think that just by putting a pink frigging logo on it and making it all pretty it will make people aware of breast cancer.

Breast cancer isn't pretty and pink, it's horrific. It's months of pain and harsh treatment, it's losing your hair, it's massive scars and a loss of your breast/breasts, it's radiation burns and chemo brain, it's being too sick to get out of bed, it's being so scared you won't get to live to see your kids grow up......













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I made a video below, with my favourite PARABEN FREE products to use with brands I trust, to give you an idea of some alternatives. 






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