Can Deodorants or
Antiperspirants Cause Early Age Breast Cancer?
Antiperspirants are drugs that contain aluminum and according to one
researcher may be linked to breast cancer. Dr. Kris McGrath of
Northwestern University believes it is possible shaving and uses of
antiperspirants habits may determine how quick women get breast cancer.
McGrath is not saying that all cases of breast cancer could be linked to
antiperspirants and shaving. Breast cancer existed long before we
started making antiperspirants, but McGrath notes that when use of
antiperspirant deodorants increased so did the incidence of breast
cancer in an “almost parallel fashion”.
According to a recent CBS report rumors of a link between breast cancer
and antiperspirants have been circulating for years, but have been
written off as an urban legend by most people. Even the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) calls it a “false… scary” story.
What is interesting is the FDA requires a warning now on the back of
antiperspirants claiming that antiperspirants are drugs containing
aluminum. Aluminum is the ingredient that stops the sweat.
There are very few studies that discuss the issue. The FDA is aware of
the concerns associated with the use of antiperspirants and shaving, but
is unable to establish a link to breast cancer. The studies up to now
have been inconclusive.
There is a difference between antiperspirants and deodorants.
Antiperspirants contain both a fragrance and a chemical compound that
blocks the pores from producing sweat. Deodorants may contain a
fragrance also, but prevents odors with an antiseptic agent that kills
the odor-causing bacteria. Many consumers believe that deodorants only
contain a fragrance that masks the smell, and then they choose an
The billion dollar antiperspirant industry says their products are
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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