Many sunscreens contain chemicals that can mimic estrogen in the body, disrupt the endocrine system, and play a significant role in breast cancer development. However, safer sunscreens are available if you know what to look for.
Ultraviolet filters, or UV filters, are chemicals that can screen out UV-A and UV-B rays from the sun. Some UV filters are chemicals of concern such as octinoxate, octyl methoxycinnamate, benzophenone, oxybenzone, PABA, and padimate O. Safer alternative sunscreens are those that use sun-blocking compounds derived from minerals, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, in a non-inhalable form.
Sunscreens may also contain parabens like isobutylparaben and isopropylparaben as preservatives. Parabens are hormonally active chemicals linked to breast cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption.
We think you shouldn’t have to choose between skin cancer and breast cancer. The CSC-cosponsored Toxic Free Beauty Act, part of the Safer Beauty Bill Package in U.S. Congress, would ban two harmful parabens, along with the other worst-of-the-worst toxic chemicals found in personal care products like sunscreens. Take action to make beauty and personal care products safer for all!
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