Think about all the women you know in your life. According to The Breast Cancer Fund, 1 in 8 of them will be diagnosed with breast cancer. And, whereas this once was considered a largely hereditary disease, the instances of women with no genetic history of breast cancer are on the rise.
The problem? Mass distribution of unsafe, chemical-laden cosmetics and body care products.
This month, Senator Barbara Boxer, D-California, has sparked an initiative in her home state to get citizens, legislators and regulators up in arms about breast cancer, citing the known hazardous chemical substances commonly added to these products as being centrally responsible for this alarming boost in statistics, according to the Huffington Post.
To make things easy, Boxer has identified one of the critical issues currently causing the problem, and that is that the law responsible for governing chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), contains a massive loophole. Under the current law, chemical additives to cosmetics and other body products aren't required to be proven safe for use before they're distributed to the public.
The burden of proof, then, lies with the individual consumer, or else with the regulating government body, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The hitch is that the EPA in its current state is powerless to regulate manufacturers, and cannot prevent these dangerous chemicals from being distributed to the public.
Because of this, consumers who wish to stay safe must accept the responsibility of actively seeking out safe alternatives to these currently unsafe products, even as lawmakers continue the battle for increased regulation and safety testing. Choosing natural alternatives to products such as deodorants, lotions, personal lubricants and massage oils can help reduce the chance of developing breast cancer and other serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses.