You need to be cautious: studies show a connection between antibacterial soap and breast cancer!
Although their purpose is described as means of preventing harmful pathogens, some of the antibacterial chemicals present in soaps, toothpastes, and other products for personal care, could pose a threat to your overall health.
Moreover, according to a study conducted in South Korea, triclosan, a popular antibacterial additive showed to have cancer effects, both in vitro, and in vivo. For the purposes of the research, Kyung-Chui Choi together with colleagues from Chungbuk National University and the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, focused on triclosan to find out how it influences the hormonal system. In previous research, triclosan has shown to imitate the hormone estrogen resulting in alternation of the normal production and expression of other hormones such as testosterone. Moreover, the study showed that triclosan can cause imbalance in the endocrine system, thus leading to excessive cellular growth. Furthermore, triclosan encourages growth of breast cancer cells in women, hence, resulting in malignant tumors. This was discovered both in cell samples and in living mice, since breast cancer cells thrived when they were surrounded by triclosan.
Another antibacterial chemical, octylphenol also increased the risk of cancer occurrence. When combined, octylphenol and triclosan foster growth and further spread of carcinogenic cells.
As ScienceDaily.com claim, research showed that triclosan, an ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, and cutting boards, as well octylphenol, an ingredient in paints, pesticides, and plastics are widely spread in the environment, and what’s more, triclosan is present in 75% of Americans’ urine.
Organizations like Beyond Pesticides and the Environmental Working Group have been warning the populations about the harmfulness of triclosan for years, pointing out the endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC), and thus, advocating for its removal from all personal care products. However, this is not yet the case, since a lot of companies still include it in their products. Additionally, Beyond Pesticides stated that more and more studies concluded that triclosan, and its neighbor chemical-triclocarban have a negative effect on both the health and the environment, ranging from skin irritation, endocrine disruption, to contaminated water and negative impact on aquatic ecosystems.