London, Dec 6 (UNI) Dump lipstick, or you might get cancer is what scientists warn by saying that chemicals found in the cosmetic could trigger breast cancer.
A study, by scientists at the Fox Chase Cancer Centre in Philadelphia, shows that butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), used in the cosmetic industry to make products glossy, can interfere with the healthy development of breast tissue, the Daily Mail reported.
The team said BBP, which accumulates in our fat cells, could increase the risk of breast cancer.
They fed lactating rats with BBP, which was then absorbed by their offspring via breast milk. It was found that the chemical altered the genetic make-up of cells in the young female rat's mammary glands.
''We are the first to report that neonatal/prepubertal exposure to BBP induced modifications in the gene expression of the mammary tissue,'' said team leader Dr Jose Russo.
The Women's Environmental Network said BBP was present in four out of five cosmetic products on sale in Britain.
''There are safer alternatives. We want to see them removed from all cosmetics. People are putting numerous cosmetics on their skin each day-- from shower gel, to hair spray and moisturiser,'' said a spokesman.