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Has there ever been a connection made between skin cancer and chlorine in our bath/shower water?

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Created April 20, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Chlorine is in our tap water and is one reason people drink bottled water. Sometimes when I turn the tap on I can actually smell the chlorine. But what about exposing your skin to chlorine everyday when you take a shower. Am I being paranoid or fanatical? Any studies on chlorine and the skin?

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on April 08, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Yeah, not to mention bleached tampons. I can't believe people put those things in such a vascular area. Heck, I can't even believe people still use tampons (passionate menstrual cup user over here!).

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on April 21, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Mercola led me to paleo eating.

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on April 20, 2011
at 10:09 PM

competitive swimmers would be a good study group for this.

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on April 20, 2011
at 10:08 PM

I have a special shower head that prevents bacteria/mold from forming in the head.

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on April 20, 2011
at 08:47 PM

OMG Mercola's a quack!

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on April 20, 2011
at 08:41 PM

Here come the "But OMG Mercola is a quack!!" comments. :-)

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on April 20, 2011
at 07:44 PM

There is actually a suspected link.

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637042e24e38a81dfc089ef55bed9d46

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:59 PM

I have an inexpensive carbon filter shower head that removes the chlorine from our water. You not only inhale a great deal of chlorine from showers but your skin absorbs it quite well...that's why meds can be administered through patches. If you need a good source of drinking/cooking water that is free, check out www.findaspring.org. There may be a fresh water spring near you where you can fill up gallon containers whenever you want. I found one 3 miles from my house.

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on April 20, 2011
at 10:08 PM

I have a special shower head that prevents bacteria/mold from forming in the head.

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on April 20, 2011
at 07:29 PM

I've wondered this, too. The water mains in my community are at least 100 years old, and apparently have a bunch of gunk growing inside. So, they "bleach" out the pipes 2 or 3 times/year, and I can smell it in the shower. My barber always asks me if I've been in chlorine pools it damages my hair so much. I'd love to know what damage it is doing to me and my pets.

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on April 20, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Here's a question I asked a while back touching on some of the same concerns.

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I think there's something to your thoughts... I just haven't decided where it falls on the spectrum of things I need to be worrying about. It's absolutely on my radar, though.

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:59 PM

If there was such a link, competitive swimmers should have an unusually high incidence of cancer. Having been one, and knowing more of my fair share of swimmers who are disgustingly healthy, I seriously doubt there is a link with chlorine.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on April 20, 2011
at 07:44 PM

There is actually a suspected link.

535633b57c4a4940d1e913e7a12ee791

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on April 20, 2011
at 10:09 PM

competitive swimmers would be a good study group for this.

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:06 PM

You're also inhaling quite a bit of it as the water vaporizes. I would say the best thing would either have a household water filter at the source or take fast showers.

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Several years ago invested in a good Chlorine + heavy metal water filter for the shower. Initially it was to help with asthma as the chemical water vapor is inhaled and possibly irritating. Side benefits include nicer hair and skin. Here's a link to comparisons of water filters for the shower.

http://www.consumerhealthreviews.com/Reviews/ShowerHeadCompare.htm

Chloramine is unfortunately not removed by most of these filters and is now being used in a number of municipalities instead of Chlorine.

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on April 20, 2011
at 09:12 PM

Susun Weed covers this topic in her book, Breast Cancer? Breast Health!, which I am contantly recommending to anyone with boobs. SHe even recommends avoiding paper products bleached with chlorine (TP). This REALLY IS worth questioning and looking into.

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on April 08, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Yeah, not to mention bleached tampons. I can't believe people put those things in such a vascular area. Heck, I can't even believe people still use tampons (passionate menstrual cup user over here!).

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

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on April 20, 2011
at 08:41 PM

Here come the "But OMG Mercola is a quack!!" comments. :-)

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on April 20, 2011
at 08:47 PM

OMG Mercola's a quack!

637042e24e38a81dfc089ef55bed9d46

(826)

on April 21, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Mercola led me to paleo eating.

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Not sure any studies have been done on this - my husband did have melanoma a few years ago but I honestly think his was linked to high sugar consumption and not knowing he had type 2 diabetes for about a year previous. We did switch from a chlorine pool to a salt water system after that just in case and also i hated that chemical smell and the damage it does to your hair/clothing in a chlorine pool.

But yeah, if it destroys clothing, dries out skin, stings eyes etc - it can't be good right?

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