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Diet & Health : Cancer Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM

Take Action: Ask EPA to Reconsider Safety of Germ-Killer Now
By Breast Cancer Fund
Feb 5, 2009 - 9:48:24 AM

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Editor's note: Studies have shown soap and water work just as well as the antibacterial products. There is no need to use the antibacterial agent triclosan, which is transformed into some toxic chemical during washing.

The antibacterial chemical triclosan is used in everything from mouse pads to soap, toys to toothpaste, despite evidence that it mimics the action of hormones in the body. Triclosan is associated with thyroid disorders (a risk factor for breast cancer) and is suspected of becoming contaminated with dioxin, a known human carcinogen. And hormone-disrupting compounds similar to triclosan are implicated in breast cancer risk. Yet the U.S. EPA recently re-approved triclosan – but only for another five years. The agency's concerns about triclosan convinced them to move the next review date to 2013, 10 years ahead of schedule. But if a chemical looks dangerous now, why must we wait for another five years' worth of evidence of harm to pile up before we stop using it?

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