Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

Phthalates, esters of phthalic acid, can be found in almost all personal care products from cosmetics to perfume to deodorant because of their ability to retain color and fragrance within these products. This class of chemicals has been identified to have endocrine disrupting properties as seen by its antiandrogen effect on male fetuses. A growing concern among women is the threat of breast cancer from phthalate exposure as most personal care products indicate some phthalate presence. Our research serves to evaluate if there is in fact correlation between the chemical and breast cancer by evaluating a variety of scientific studies that have produced contradictory responses.

Faculty Sponsor

Gail Carlson

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

455

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May 1st, 9:00 AM May 1st, 10:00 AM

Assessing the Correlation Between Phthalate Exposure from Personal Care Products and an Increased Breast Cancer Risk

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Phthalates, esters of phthalic acid, can be found in almost all personal care products from cosmetics to perfume to deodorant because of their ability to retain color and fragrance within these products. This class of chemicals has been identified to have endocrine disrupting properties as seen by its antiandrogen effect on male fetuses. A growing concern among women is the threat of breast cancer from phthalate exposure as most personal care products indicate some phthalate presence. Our research serves to evaluate if there is in fact correlation between the chemical and breast cancer by evaluating a variety of scientific studies that have produced contradictory responses.

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