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Unscented, Not Fragrance-Free

Think “unscented” means that a product doesn’t contain fragrance? Think again. Companies will often use masking fragrances to cover up chemical smells, and these fragrances may contain endocrine disrupting compounds called phthalates. Phthalates are associated with cancer, impaired fertility, and male birth defects. To avoid those chemicals, look instead for products marked “fragrance-free.”  

Men with Breast Cancer?

Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina housed and trained thousands of Marine’s and their families in the early and mid 1980’s at a time when the base’s drinking water was found to be highly contaminated – it’s unclear how long this contamination had been present.  Solvents such as trichloroethylene, a degreaser, benzene and […]

Unhealthy allies?

Submitted by Margo Simon Golden, President, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. The New York Times (NYT) reported that of two common materials “used daily by millions of Americans…one causes cancer and the other might.”   The National Toxicology Program (NTP), a branch of the National Institute of Health, issued warnings: “[C]onsumers should…avoid contact with formaldehyde and […]