Keep Carcinogens Out of Cosmetics


Target: Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Insist that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do more research on the potential dangers of parabens and their prevalence in cosmetic and hygiene products.

A group of chemicals known a parabens, which are highly absorbed by human skin, could pose serious health risks including cancer but have so far been little-studied. Parabens are a widely used preservative, and the volumes of parabens that enter the human body are astonishing. Urgent research is needed to ensure their safety.

Parabens, which have estrogen-like qualities, are in most cosmetic and hygiene products including lotions, cleansers, and deodorants. Through these products, many individuals, particularly infants, absorb exorbitant amounts of this chemical. The average infant absorbs 766 micrograms of parabens per kilogram of body weight per day, which is about triple the amount that the average adult woman absorbs.

The issue with parabens is that they contain estrogen-like qualities, and substances similar to estrogen tend to increase risks of cancer. In a recent study, breast tissue of women treated for breast cancer was examined, and the tissue contained parabens, suggesting that they could be a linked to breast cancer. Although previous studies have been inconclusive, it is important that we research parabens since they are a chemical that is being put into our bodies and our babies’ bodies so frequently and abundantly.

Please sign the petition below to insist that the FDA take steps to ensure that parabens are fully researched and are not causing danger to consumers using cosmetic and hygiene products.


Dear Food and Drug Administration,

As you are aware, parabens are preservatives that are used in most cosmetic and hygiene products, and humans, specifically infants, are exposed to very high amounts of parabens every day. The average infant absorbs 766 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day, which is about triple the amount that the average adult woman absorbs.  There have been several studies linking parabens to a risk of cancer, and although results have been inconclusive, it is very important that we continue to research due to the large amounts that are absorbed by the human body.

On behalf of the safety of consumers, primarily women and children, it is important that you insist further research be done on parabens. Thorough research needs to be completed until the mystery of the risks of parabens show conclusive results. In addition, we ask that you make efforts to reduce or remove parabens from products if there is in fact a link between parabens and illnesses such as cancer. Thank you for your anticipated efforts.


[Your Name Here]

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