By Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
According to recent daily use estimates, three personal care products are used on infants
and children, men use ten personal care products, and women use six cosmetics and 13
personal care products; some producs are used several times daily
Assuming mainstream industry products each contain only two carcinogens, this results in daily
exposure to six different avoidable carcinogens for infants and children, 20 for men, and 38 for women.
While ingredients are listed on product labels, there is no warning as to the cancer risks from
any of these ingredients.
It is UNTHINKABLE that women would knowingly inflict such exposures on their infants
and children, let alone on themselves, if products routinely used were labeled
with explicit warnings of cancer risks.
It is UNBELIEVABLE that the powerful multibillion dollar global mainstream industries
continue to inflict such risks on unsuspectic consumers, especially as safe alternative
products are available.
It is equally UNBELIEVABLE that regulatory agencies worldwide still deny citizens their
inalienable right-to-know of information on avoidable cancer risks from common
It is even more UNBELIEVABLE that the "charitable" American Cancer Society and federal
National Cancer Institute and "cancer establishments" worldwide remain recklessly
silent and fail to advise consumers, Congresses and Parliaments, of the scientific
evidence for these avoidable cancer risks.
This book explains how to recognize carcinogens on product labels, boycott such products,
and shop for safe alternatives from non-mainstream industries and thus reduce your
avoidable risks of cancer. This is critical as we are losing the winnable war against
cancer, which now strikes on in two men and one in three women in their lifetimes.
Dr. Samuel S. Epstein is professor emeritus of environmental medicine at the University of Illinois
at Chicago School of Public Health, and Chairman of the international Cancer Prevention Coalition.
He is the author of 270 scientific publications, and author or coauthor of 12 books. These include the prize winning
1978 The Politics of Cancer, the 1995 The Safe Shopper's Bible , and the
2005 Cancer Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War. He is recipient of multiple awards, including the 1998 Right
Livelihood Award for incomparable contributions to cancer prevention (The Alternative Nobel Prize), and for leadership
role in warning of the dangers of rBGH milk, the 2000 Project Censored Award, and the 2005 Albert
Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal for Humanitarianism, and International Contributions to Cancer Prevention.