Breast Cancer – Possible
increased risk by using Antiperspirant Deodorant
March 1st, 2006
Deodorants that contain aluminum
salts may increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Dr.
Philippa Darbre from the University of Reading believes that more
research should be conducted to further determine that it actually
The reason why scientists believe
that the aluminum salts found in deodorants is harmful is because of the
ability to mimic the oestrogen hormone in the body. If the deodorant can
break through the skin it could become possible for the aluminum salts
to enter the body. A recent article published in the Journal of Applied
Toxicology believes that research would be important to determine if the
deodorant indeed increases the risk of breast cancer.
Scientists have found that there are
many compounds found in the environment which either mimic or interfere
with oestrogen. Normal compounds of these are usually complex molecules
that are found in plants, detergents, pesticides, and plastics.
Scientists are discovering that there is an assortment of simple metal
ions. This includes Aluminum and cadmium which also is able to bind to
the body’s oestrogetn-receptors.
The problem that may be made worst
with antiperspirants is that the armpits are shaved and immediately
following a high concentration of this is applied to the area. If the
skin is damaged it would make it easier for the aluminum to enter the
Cadmium is the other simple metal.
When a person smokes tobacco it causes an increase of cadmium to enter
into the body. Scientists have shown that cadmium can collect in breast
tissue. They also believe that there might be a link between breast
cancer and smoking.
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