It is in hundreds of cosmetic products, a chemical called diethanolamine,or "DEA" for short. But it does something more than make soap bubbles.
Animal tests just completed by a noted cancer researcher discovered that even in relatively small doses, DEA increases the risk of cancer. It is troubling news because DEA-based detergents are very common ingredients in many cosmetics and toiletries.
The study showed that repeated skin applications to mice of DEA and DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase of two cancers, liver cancers and kidney cancers. European experts believe DEA poses a major, avoidable health risk. The United States is investigating.
For complete details, click on Baskin's investigative report.
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