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Major Cosmetic and Toiletry Ingredient Poses Avoidable Cancer Risks
Net research by Syed Kamran Hussain Pakistan
As reported on CBS, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) recently found that repeated skin application to mouse skin of diethanolamine (DEA), or its fatty acid derivative cocaminde-DEA, induced liver and kidney cancer. Besides this "clear evidence of carcinogenicity," NTP also emphasized that DEA is readily absorbed through the skin and accumulates in organs, such as the brain, where it induces chronic toxic effects.

High concentrations of DEA-based detergents are commonly used in a wide
range of cosmetics and toiletries, including shampoos, hair dyes and
conditioners, lotions, creams and bubble baths, besides liquid dishwashing
and laundry soaps. Lifelong use of these products thus clearly poses
avoidable cancer risks tot he great majority of U.S. consumers, particularly
infants and young children.

Further increasing these cancer risks is long-standing evidence that DEA
readily interacts with nitrite preservatives or contaminants in cosmetics or
toiletries to form nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA), another carcinogen as well
recognized by Federal agencies and institutions at the World Health
Organization, which, like DEA, is also rapidly absorbed through the skin.
In 1979, the FDA warned that over 40% of all cosmetic products were
contaminated with NDELA and called for the industry "to take immediate
action to eliminate this carcinogen from cosmetic products." In two 1991
surveys, 27 out of 29 products were found to be contaminated with high
concentrations of this carcinogen, results which were subsequently confirmed
by the FDA. Based on this information, the European Union and European
industry have both taken strong action to reduce or eliminate DEA and NDELA
from cosmetics and toiletries. In sharp contrast, the FDA has taken no such
action, nor has it responded to a 1996 petition from the Cancer Prevention
Coalition to phase out the use of DEA or to label DEA-containing products
with an explicit cancer warning. The mainstream U.S. industry has been
similarly unresponsive, even to the extent of ignoring the explicit warning
by the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association to discontinue the
uses of DEA. Such reckless intransigence is in strong contrast with the
responsiveness of the growing safe cosmetic industry.

Tom Mower, CEO of Neways Inc., a major distributor of carcinogen free
cosmetics, emphasizes: "I see no reason at all to use DEA, as there are safe
and cost-effective alternatives which we have been using is a wide range of
our cosmetics and toiletries for the last decade."

Faced with escalating cancer rates, now striking more than one in three
Americans, the FDA should take immediate action to prevent further exposure
to the avoidable carcinogens DEA and NDELA in cosmetics, toiletries and
liquid soaps. Safe and effective alternatives to DEA are readily available.

SOURCE Cancer Prevention Coalition
/CONTACT: Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Professor of Environmental Medicine at
the University of Illinois Chicago, School of Public Health and Chairman,
Cancer Prevention Coalition, (312)996-2297/

"Cosmetics Proposal Draws Fire" - Washington--A proposal to preempt state
regulation of cosmetics is emerging as a major sticking point in a
long-delayed effort to revamp the Food and Drug Administration.

Avoid these HARMFUL INGREDIENTS, commonly found in personal care products.
Check the labels of all the personal care products you currently use. Then
make the wise choice and switch to the healthy NEWAYS alternative.

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