Many chemicals found in personal care products and cosmetics can disrupt hormones or lead to cancer. Unlike the U.K. which has banned 1,100 chemicals from their personal care products, the U.S. allows the cosmetic industry to set their own chemical safety standards. And 87% of ingredients in personal care products in the U.S. have not been assessed for safety.

Breast cancer now strikes women in their 20s and 30s and is the second-leading cause of death in American women ages 25-54. Compared with women of their grandmother’s generation, African-American women have a 41% greater rate of invasive breast cancer, and white women have a 21% greater rate.

The WHO states in their Global Oncology Trend Report of 2015 and Outlook to 2030 report that there are 33 million people living with cancer worldwide and 1 of 8 deaths are caused by cancer — and predicts a 70% increase in cancer by 2030.

Bayer-Monsanto states they are “fully committed and prepared for this challenge.”

The question is: Are we prepared to have the cancer that Bayer-Monsanto are fully committed and prepared to cure?

In all these years of investing in research on the “war on cancer,” it’s been predominantly used for detection and cure. After all, there’s no money to be made in prevention.

That is why it is up to us to do what we can to avoid cancer-producing products and to learn how to give ourselves the best chance of neutralizing the toxins we are unable to avoid.

To learn more, you can read "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry" by Stacy Malkan; watch the “Story of Cosmetics” on the “Story of Stuff” website; check out Environmental Working Group; and World Health Organization; and eat plenty of anti-oxidant-rich foods.

Christine Sugg, Nampa

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