Concentrations of phenols, parabens and triclocarbans appear in higher levels among Puerto Rico cohort compared to mainland U.S.
Our researchers chose to study phenols, parabens and triclocarban because they are ubiquitous chemicals found in a variety of consumer products, such as lotions, soaps, makeup, plastics and pesticides. While these chemicals have been detected in human urine globally our CRECE/ECHO team wanted to compare a sample of the Puerto Rican population, based on our PROTECT Cohort, against the rest of the U.S. population. Phenols are organic compounds which are toxic to consume, inhale, or absorb and can be deadly, but is often used in medical procedures as an ingredient to treatments and has many lab applications.  Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservative ingredients which are often found in personal care, food, and pharmaceutical products and have been associated with endocrine disruption.  Triclocarban, similar to triclosan, is an antimicrobial active ingredient used in various personal care products such as deodorants, bar soap, detergents, lotions, and wipes.