BRCA1, Methylparaben and AVON

My friend Marcie has the BRCA 1 mutation so she has an extremely high risk for breast cancer.  Her mother had breast cancer.  Marcie elected to have a double mascectomy to reduce that risk.

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are normally expressed in the cells of breast and other tissue, where they help repair damaged DNA or destroy cells if DNA cannot be repaired. They are involved in the repair of chromosomal damage with an important role in the error-free repair of DNA double-strand breaks.[6][7] If BRCA1 or BRCA2 itself is damaged by a BRCA mutation, damaged DNA is not repaired properly, and this increases the risk for breast cancer.[Certain variations of the BRCA1 gene lead to an increased risk for breast cancer as part of a hereditary breast-ovarian cancer syndrome. In addition to breast cancer, mutations in the BRCA1 gene also increase the risk of ovarian, fallopian tube, and prostate cancers.

Marcie is still is at high risk and has to be very careful about any risk factor.  One thing she mentioned to me as one of my AVON customers is that many products out there contain Methylparaben in them. She was advised by her doctor not to use these products.

Methylparaben is widely used as a preservative in women’s cosmetics, such as skin creams and deodorants.  This compound has been found intact within breast cancer tissues.  Some researchers suggest that methylparaben may increase risk of breast cancer, or accelerate the growth of these tumors.

I looked up references to this on the internet but the articles are just way over my head, so this post is just a guide for those who may have or had breast cancer or those who test positive for the BRCA1 mutation. I use products every day that contain paraben as most of us do and always have without any worries.

When Marcie told me this I decided to look up the ingredients of many AVON products and found that some do contain Methylparaben but I was excited to find that there are more that do not.  I was glad about this for her and any others who may be concerned.  One great thing is that if you to my website at https://spapaian.avonrepresentative.com/ you can find the ingredients listed under just about every product.

The following list is only a partial list, but of products that DO NOT contain Methyparaben.  As you can see it is quite long;

Skin So Soft Firm & Restore DD Body Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Skin So Soft Firm & Restore Body Lotion
Skin So Soft Firm & Restore Age-Defying Corrective Neck & Chest Cream SPF 15
Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil
Skin So Soft Original Shower Gel
Skin So Soft Original Body Lotion
Skin So Soft Original Gelled Body Oil
Skin So Soft Original Creamy Body Wash
Skin So Soft Original Replenishing Hand Cream
Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Moisturizing Hair Minimizing Body Lotion
Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Moisturizing Hair Removal Cream
Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Moisturizing Facial Hair Removal Cream
Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Moisturizing Silky Stay Shave Gel
Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Sensitive Skin Bikini Line Hair Removal Cream
Skin So Soft Satin Glow Absolute Glow Gel
Skin So Soft Satin Glow Daily Body Moisturizer
Skin So Soft Satin Glow Illuminating Moisturizer
Skin So Soft Signature Silk Bath Oil
Skin So Soft Signature Silk Perfecting Oil
Skin So Soft Signature Silk Shower Gel
Skin So Soft Signature Silk Replenishing Hand Cream
Skin So Soft Signature Silk Gelled Body Oil
Skin So Soft Signature Silk Creamy Body Wash
Skin So Soft Signature Silk Ultra Moisturizing Body Lotion
Skin So Soft Supreme Nourishment Creamy Body Wash
Skin So Soft Supreme Nourishment Cream Oil Lotion
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Bonus Size Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Shower Gel
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Ultra Moisturizing Body Lotion
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Creamy Body Wash
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Gelled Body Oil
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Replenishing Hand Cream
Avon Care Care Deeply Lip Balm
Moisture Therapy Derma Soothing Body Lotion
Moisture Therapy Derma Soothing Body Wash
All of the Anew Ultinate Skin Care Line
All of the Anew Vitale
Anew Genics Night Treatment Cream
Anew Genics Eye Treatment
Anew Clinical Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream
Anew Clinical Absolute Even Multi-Tone Skin Corrector
Anew Clinical Skinvincible Multi-Shield Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Anew Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector
Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector
Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel
Anew Clinical Eye Lift PRO Dual Eye System
Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment
Anew Men Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Anew Men Daily Moisturizer
Anew Men Daily Eye Treatment
Clearskin® Blemish Clearing Foaming Cleanser
Clearskin® Blemish Clearing Acne Pads
Clearskin® Blemish Clearing Acne Body Wash
Clearskin® Blackhead Eliminating Daily Astringent
Clearskin® Blackhead Eliminating Daily Cleanser
Clearskin® Professional Clarifying Toner Pads
Avon Elements Moisture Boost Eye Cream
Avon Elements Moisture Boost Daily Moisture Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Normal
Avon Elements Skin Revitalize 2-in-1 Brightening Eye Roller
Avon Elements Skin Revitalize Instant Radiance Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Avon Elements Skin Revitalize Night Radiance Cream
Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream
Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller
Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-Wrinkle Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Avon Elements Youth Restoring Multi-Purpose Lotion + Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 20