Cosmetics and Breast Cancer - Is There a Connection?

By Ken Matto, D. Min.

A friend of mine e-mailed me with a reminder to buy the new Breast Cancer Postage stamps which help support research for Breast Cancer. As I was pondering that disease a theory returned into my mind and I want to offer it to my readers.

I am not a medical doctor so bear with me. Some years ago I was taken to the hospital for a pounding heart and the doctor told me that it was caffeine and they did not know why caffeine centralizes its negative effects on the heart.

I got to thinking that Breast Cancer may be caused on the same principle. Many years ago I was a Production Control Supervisor in a Flavors Company and we needed some materials for a batch of something. We had a sister company which manufactured fragrances for the cosmetic industry, so I went and picked up the material. While I was there I looked at a batch card which gave the ingredients of the product the operator was making and although I do not remember what the product was he was making, whether it was lipstick or something else, it doesn't matter. There was over 80 ingredients to that product he was making. That is 80 chemicals for one product.

Now consider this possibility. If there are 80 chemicals in that one product, that means when a woman puts that on her body, she now has 80 chemicals going into her skin. If she puts on Lipstick, Rouge, Perfume, Eyeliner, and uses hair dye, she may have 300-400 chemicals all attacking her body at one time.

Now as with the principle of the centralizing of the caffeine on the heart, where does the effects of many years of ingesting these chemicals through the skin go? It would not surprise me if they collected in the breasts. All those chemicals are attacking the cells and causing those cells to mutate and eventually creating cancer. Girls put make-up on when they are very young and this means they are being exposed to possible cancer causing chemicals from a very young age, which means the problems caused by make-up, will grow with them.

I don't know if anyone has ever researched the cosmetic industry. Shouldn't there be warning labels on cosmetics which contain cancer causing ingredients? If less make-up was used, the breast cancer rate would probably drop. There are billions of dollars at stake in the cosmetic industry and this is why they are probably a protected entity but they should be regulated with warnings like the tobacco industry. Cosmetics are not good for the proper function of the human body. Even natural cosmetics may contain products which are harmful.

What I did was, I sent my theory on to a friend of mine in Australia who is a General Surgeon. What he sent back to me on this subject astounded me.


Response by Dr. Andreas Lambrianides
General Surgeon
Brisbane Australia

Dear Ken,

Most cosmetics are "witches brews" of many known carcinogenic agents. No such information is usually disclosed to the public. There are two main types:

1. Frank carcinogens which are carcinogenic in themselves and
2. Hidden carcinogens which only become carcinogenic under certain conditions.

Over 40 carcinogens used in industry are Frank carcinogens, and over 30 are hidden carcinogens.

To answer your question, yes it is possible to cause cancer, as no one has actually studied that particular association. You need to carry out prospective randomized trials with groups using cosmetics and compare them with those that do not use them, and then work out if the differences are statistically significant. And yes they should carry warning labels.

"Frank" Carcinogens
Benzyl Acetate*
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Butylated Hyroxytoluene (BHT)
Butyl Benzylphthalate
"Coal Tar Dyes" (and Lakes)
Red 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 17, 19 & 33
Green 5
Orange 17
FD & C
Blue 1 & 2
Green 3
Red 4 & 40
Yellow 5 & 6
Blue 1, 2 & 4
Disperse Blue 1
Disperse Yellow 3
p-Phenylenediamine* (following oxidation)
Crystalline Silica
Diethanolamine (DEA)
Dioctyl Adipate
Ethyl Alcohol*
Methylene Chloride
Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone
Titanium Dioxide*
(*Evidence of carcinogenicity is limited)

"Hidden" Carcinogens

Aflatoxin: in peanut oil and flour
Arsenic and Lead: in coal tar dyes, polyvinyl acetate, PEGs (polyethylene glycols)
Chloroaniline: in chlorhexidine
Crystalline Silica: in amorphous silicates
DDT, Dieldrin, Endrin and other organochlorine pesticides: in lanolin, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, quarternium-26
DEA (diethanolamine): in DEA-cocamide/lauramide condensates, quarternium-26
1,4-Dioxane: in ethoxylated alcohols, including PEGs, oleths, choleth-24, ceteareth-3, laureths, polysorbate 60 & 80, nonoxynol
Ethylhexylacrylate: in acrylate and methacrylate polymers
Ethylene Oxide: in PEGs, oleths, ceteareth-3, laureths, polysorbate 60 & 80, nonoxynol
Formaldehyde: in polyoxymethylene urea
Nitrosamine (NDELA) Precursors

Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol)
Diethanolamine (DEA)
DEA-Cocamide, Lauramide & Oleamide condensates
Padimate-O (octyldimethyl para-amino benzoic acid)
Pyroglutamic Acid
Triethanolamine (TEA)
TEA-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Formaldehyde Releasers

Diazolidinyl Urea
Imidazolidinyl Urea

Here you have some of the poisons they use. It is frightening, but then what do they care, so long as their bank balances are pregnant.


When I sent this theory to Dr. Lambrianides, it was a theory, but after receiving his response, I am convinced that the cosmetic industry is traveling down the same road as the Tobacco companies did years ago, they are selling cancer with impunity. I think mothers and fathers need to give this information to their daughters before they start the poisoning of their bodies just to impress some boy. Think of all the poisons in lipstick and when it is worn on the lips, that poison is going into the mouth and is being disseminated throughout the entire body because right under the tongue is an area which dissolves food or pills at an accelerated rate for quick digestion.

I don’t want to scare anyone but this subject really needs to be investigated further by those who are qualified to do so. Speaking as a guy now if a woman wants to really look attractive, she doesn’t need to poison herself, all she needs to do is let her hair grow long and allow God’s natural gift of beauty to women shine through.