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Eucerin, Dermabase, Vanicream Increase Tumor Growth
Studies show that Eucerin, Dermabase and Vanicream increase the number and size of skin cancer tumors.
Skin Cancer Prevalence
According to the American Melanoma Foundation, one person dies every hour of every day from skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common human cancer. One million people are diagnosed with new skin cancer every year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancer will kill more than 10,850 Americans this year. Skin cancer rates have more than tripled in the last 30 years even with the explosion in the use of sunscreen and sunblock products and a high percentage of the population reducing sun exposure.
Skin Cancer Animal Model
The National Cancer Institute explains that hairless mice are used for skin cancer studies. Human skin tissue has been grafted to these mice to create an optimal creature for evaluating causes of skin cancer as well as skin cancer treatments as applicable to humans. Many treatments developed on these mice are currently effective treatments for humans. In addition, these mice and their reaction to excessive exposure to UV light is the main reason that scientists have concluded that excessive exposure to sunlight can cause skin cancer.
Causes and Risk Factors
The most popular cause of skin cancer is UV light, or excessive exposure to sunlight. However, there are other potential causes. In this article hosted on WebMD, 4 Commonly Used Moisturizing Creams Promote Tumors in UV-Exposed Mice, a study by Allan H. Conney, PhD, director of the Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research and professor in the school of pharmacy at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., the use of common moisturizers, including Eucerin, Vanicream, Dermabase and Dermovan caused a statistically significant increase in skin cancer in hairless mice. The Food and Drug Administration classifies moisturuizers as 'cosmetics'. The manufacturers are not required to undergo the same safety testing as drugs.
Please read this article, Carcinogen in Body Care Products: Mineral Oil, and discover more reasons to avoid mineral oil in body care products. Dermal absorption and inhalation of mineral oil increases the risks of the following conditions:
Pancreatic cancer
Gallbladder cancer
Lung cancer
Melanoma (skin cancer)
Esophagal cancer
Stomach cancer
Kidney cancer
as well as:
non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
in addition to damage to the central nervous system
After reading all of the available studies regarding mineral oil and cancers, leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and damage to the central nervous system, you may want to change moisturizers to something a little less risky.
During a test of caffeine for its effects as a skin cancer cure, Dr. Conney subjected hairless mice to UV light twice a week for 20 weeks. This exposure was designed to make them high risk of developing skin tumors over the next several months.
For the next 17 weeks, 100 mg of moisturizer applied to the mice once a day, 5 days a week. Researchers were trying to find a moisturizer that would work as a good carrier for caffeine, but they had to make sure that the moisturizer would not throw off the study by affecting the mice in any way.
The results were shocking. Application of 4 common daily moisturizers reulted in more skin tumors and faster tumor growth:
Mineral Oil
Lanolin Alcohol
Methyl chloro-

Eucerin increased the total number of tumors by 24%

Beiersdorf Inc. Statement: "We have just learned about this study and are currently reviewing it to understand the findings," Beiersdorf said. "Eucerin Original Creme has been on the market for more than 100 years and is a highly respected, dermatologist-recommended brand."

Maybe they should recommend something else?

Purified Water
Mineral Oil
Cetostearyl Alcohol

Dermabase increased the total number of tumors by 69%

Paddock Laboratories Inc. statement: Declined to comment.

Purified Water
White Petrolatum
Cetearyl Alcohol
Sorbitol Solution
Propylene Glycol
Glyceryl Monostearate
Polyethylene Glycol Monostearate
Sorbic Acid

Vanicream increased the total number of tumors by 58%

Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. Statement: "Treatment with Vanicream Skin Cream clearly did not increase the proportion of animals that developed tumors," Thompson notes."
Saying it sin't so, doesn't make it real, except in your own mind.

Johnson and Johnson

Special Study Cream
purified water
propylene glycol
stearyl alcohol
cetyl alcohol
polysorbate 20
isopropyl myristate
C12-15 alkyl benzoate
benzoic acid
sodium hydroxide
Did not increase the total number of tumors as compared to controls with no cream applied.

I feel like I'm playing that Sesame Street game, One of These Things is Not Like the Others...
The mineral oil/petrolatum are NOT in the cream developed for the study. The special cream did NOT increase tumor development as compared to controls with no cream applied. Imagine that.

So, HOLD ON A SECOND, Johnson and Johnson KNOWS that skin cancer prevalence, tumor growth rate and number of skin tumors is increased with exposure to mineral oil. Uh, gee - then why do they continue to include mineral oil in their baby care products? Job security? Let's see, if they sell X number of units of mineral oil baby care products they will create X number of skin cancer cases and sell X number of diagnostic equipment and X number of cancer drugs. Hm. Makes sense. Create a market through human suffering. Click here for products that contain mineral oil.

Join me and send this message to Johnson and Johnson: According to research on the Sunflower Naturals web site, I noticed that Johnson and Johnson developed a carrier for a skin cancer test for Dr. Conney that did not contain mineral oil since mineral oil increased tumor development and growth rate. Why do you continue to include mineral oil in baby care products? Why do you continue to sell mineral oil labeled as 'Baby Oil' when your own studies have shown that mineral oil increases the development and growth rate of malignant skin tumors?

Click here for the Johnson and Johnson contact form on the Johnson and Johnson web site.
American Melanoma Foundation

National Cancer Institute

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