Date of Award

5-2009

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Claudia Coggin

Abstract

In recent decades, women have been exposed to many environmental chemicals that have the ability to mimic the behavior of estrogen and other hormones. These chemicals are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and they often have the ability to increase the potential of carcinogenesis. Entities like magazines, which advertise and/or sell these products, have the opportunity to inform their buyers of potentially unsafe ingredients that exist in their products. A content analysis of eighteen magazines revealed that almost all personal care products advertised in magazines contain carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals. More research must be done to fully understand the implications of these findings.

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