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Procter & Gamble (P&G) is the world’s largest and most profitable consumer products company. In fact, the mega-corporation made more than $83 billion in 2013 alone.

Boasting names like Cascade, Bounty, Pampers, and Tide, every household has likely used at least one of its 50 plus brands.

The company has also donated products and funds to various worldwide causes. Most notable for October, which is breast cancer awareness month, is P&G’s effort to help the fight against the disease. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in the U.S.

Since 2008, the company has donated $2.1 million toward early detection.

Despite the monetary help, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has raised some red flags and they want P&G to do more.

The Campaign recently released data pointing to the use of cancer-causing chemicals in a number of P&G’s products.

The beauty watchdog is howling over the Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) found in CoverGirl mascara, the Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in Herbal Essences products, and others.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If P&G really cares about women’s health, it must do more than merely slap a pink ribbon on its products,” says the group. "The best way for P&G to prioritize women’s health is to stop using chemicals linked to cancer in its cosmetics!”

“Even P&G’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths Finishing Crème– which is marketed with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness–contains a chemical linked to cancer!”, the group notes.

The Campaign is urging consumers to sign their letter asking P&G to “stop putting women at risk by selling cosmetics with cancer-causing chemicals.”

Here, the lowdown on the findings, courtesy of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:

• Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) in CoverGirl and Max Factor mascaras

• Benzophenone-1 in CoverGirl nail polishes

• Titanium dioxide (in inhalable form) in CoverGirl pressed powders, powder foundations, bronzers, eye shadows and blush

• Formaldehyde releasing preservatives like DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Polyoxymethylene urea and Quaternium-15 in Pantene Beautiful Lengths smoothing hair balm, CoverGirl BB creams, foundations, Herbal Essences hair styling products, Infusium conditioner and leave-in treatments, Miss Jessie’s hair products, Olay anti-aging creams, face washes and moisturizers, CoverGirl foundation makeup, blushes, pressed powders, bronzers and eye shadows.

• Styrene, which the company uses in its "fragrance" palette (ingredient). This means styrene may be present in any P&G product that lists fragrance on the label

In addition, there are two ingredients that are likely contaminated with carcinogens:

• Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which can be contaminated with PFOA in Olay anti-aging cream and Gillette shaving cream

• Polyacrylamide, which can be contaminated with acrylamide in CoverGirl BB cream and Olay anti-aging creams

Sign the letter to help bring safe cosmetics and eco friendly products to store shelves.