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Triclosan Liver Cancer -
Antibacterial Soap Causes Liver Cancer

Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutrtionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - 01/13/2015

  • Triclosan, the antibacterial soap, caused liver damage and accelerated liver cancer growth. 

Tricolsan is a very popular synthetic broad spectrum antibacterial soap. Tricolsan is washed down the drain and gets into the water system. It is frequently found in human body fluids in people that don’t use any antibacterial soaps. Triclosan concerns include hormone disruptor and impaired muscle contraction.

Triclosan Liver Cancer - Antibacterial Soap Causes CancerResearchers gave Triclosan to mice in their food for a long period of time. Triclosan caused oxidative stress and liver damage. The researchers believe Triclosan can be the driving force for developing advanced liver disease in mice.

The researchers also initiated liver cancer by giving the mice diethylnitrosamine. Triclosan strongly enhanced the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the mice.

Admittedly, the Triclosan was given at a higher dose than human are typically exposed to. But the exposure time was shorter than humans are typically exposed to. The researchers state, “Triclosan acts as a HCC tumor promoter and the mechanism of Triclosan induced mouse liver pathology may be relevant to humans.”

This is not the first time researchers have found a concern about Triclosan and cancer. Click here to learn more about Triclosan and breast cancer.

About the Author:

Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, helps his clients improve their health by using natural products, functional tests, diet, lifestyle and self care. He writes special reports, consults and gives seminars on natural product, diet and lifestyle effects on cancer. You may schedule an appointment for customized natural cancer or alternative cancer recommendations by calling 405.919.1982.

Reference Source
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Dec 2;111(48):17200-5.Yueh MF, Taniguchi K, Chen S, Evans RM, Hammock BD, Karin M, Tukey RH. “The commonly used antimicrobial additive triclosan is a liver tumor promoter.”


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