Finding beauty, hygiene products specifically designed for cancer patients

Published On: Oct 24 2012 02:57:51 PM EDT

When it comes to personal care during and after cancer treatment, Dr. Melanie Bone said picking the right products is key to a healthy recovery.

"I'm speaking as both a breast cancer specialist and a breast cancer survivor," said Bone.

Some beauty products contain suspected carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals such as phthalates and ethylene oxide.

"What they show is these chemicals can react with hormone receptors in the body and can either look like estrogen or just have been associated with estrogen. It's like everything else in medicine, there are associations, it's not cause and effect," said Bone.

Bone also recommends avoiding products that contain parabens, hydroquinone, triclosan and oxybenzone, as well as antiperspirants containing aluminum.

"Especially in those patients who are doing frequent follow up exams and mammograms, regular deodorant can interfere with the interpretation of the mammogram," said Bone.

Bone recommends the Naturally Fresh line of products to her patients but there are many other brands that cater to cancer patients.

"What I say is don't use things where there are healthy alternatives that are reasonable that you can afford," said Bone.

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