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Parabens in cosmetics – what are the risks?

  Consumers are voting with their purses and shunning products containing parabens, but should you worry if they’re in your skincare products? Dr Haran Sivapalan examines the evidence. “Deodorants linked to cancer,” exclaimed the headlines of The Daily Mail in 2004. “Breast cancer ‘risk’ all over shops’ shelves,” clamoured The Sun in 2012. Both these articles were reporting research into a possible link between parabens, an ingredient of many cosmetics, and the development of breast cancer. Not surprisingly consumers were spooked and, as a result, there’s a growing market for ‘paraben free’ alternatives. But with around 80% of products on…