Chemicals to Avoid for Cancer Survivors

Chemicals to Avoid for Cancer Survivors

Chemicals to Avoid for Cancer Survivors

Here are the top chemicals cancer survivors should avoid:

Endocrine disrupting chemicals

Parabens & Pthalates.  These chemicals are found in many of our personal care products, soaps, haircare, cosmetics.  Changing the hormone system leads to the development of tumors (cancerous and benign).  Propyl Paraben (PP) is a common preservative found in many snack foods.  PP has been shown to accelerate the growth of breast cancer cells.  Pthalates have lead to early onset of puberty and has been linked to breast cancer development later in life by those women who fell into this group.  Avoid plastic packaging and containers containing Pthalates.

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

BPA has not only been linked to breast cancer, it may also interfere with chemotherapy treatment.  Use BPA free containers or PVC-free butcher or wax paper, cellulose wrap, parchment paper.  Avoid canned food items.  Almost all cans are lined with BPA so that foods do not stick to the can.


Styrene is used to make styrofoam.  It is carcinogenic to mammary tissue in animals and suspected human carcinogen.  Never reheat foods in styrofoam containers and do not use disposable Styrofoam plates for parties/routine use.  It easily melts when hot foods or heat (and type including microwaves).


Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen according to the World Health Organization (WHO) & National Toxicology Program (NTP).  Formaldehyde is used so extensively that all of us have some low level exposure in a daily basis.  You can find formaldehyde in cosmetics, nail polish, lotion, the adhesives in our vehicles (new car smell), carpets, as a preservative, faux woods, plywood, treated/pressed fabrics, cabinets, furniture, fabric pigment dyes, disinfectants.

Reprinted with permission from:

Dr. Noreen, Tox Doc

Dr. Noreen-Khan Mayberry, MD also known as “The Tox Doc”, is a toxicologist that specializes in environmental, space, food and nutritional toxicology.  Her personal mission is to translate the language of science for non-scientists in order to educate and inform the public of critical issues that affect their health and quality of life.


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