Breast Cancer Myth Or Fact: Deodorants and Antiperspirants

There have been numerous reports all over the Internet about the relationship between antiperspirants and deodorants to breast cancer. More articles have been published saying that these products may contribute to the formation of cancer cell tumors inside the breast. Fact or myth, lets discuss more precisely about this sensible issue.

Underarm perspirants are products that are designed to reduce underarm sweat while deodorants practically does the same thing plus it also gets rid of the unpleasant odors. There have been reports that the harmful ingredients of these products particularly the aluminum based compounds, are the main culprit that cause breast cancer. These substances are absorbed through the underarm skin, causing the pores of the sweat duct to get clogged.

As these products are frequently used everyday and in a longer period of time, the aluminum based ingredients are stored near the breast and have hormonal side effects. Some experts believe that this ingredients has strong relationship with the disease because estrogens are quite related to the growth of breast cancer cells.

Another compound in deodorants that are said to be harmful are parabens. Parabens are preservative ingredients commonly found in cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical products. But only a handful of antiperspirants products contains parabens. Medical experts said that parabens supports the negative activities of estrogen in the body which contributes to breast cancer. Most breast cancer tumors contains parabens but it does not conclude that it is the main cause of the disease.

These reports are definitely alarming considering that 7 out 10 people use antiperspirants and deodorants. However, scientists at the National Cancer Institute disagree with the belief and added that there is not enough concrete evidence which links these products to breast cancer disease.

Their research did not show any increased risk for breast cancer in women who reportedly using underarm products since their teenage years. The study was supported based on their actual examinations to 813 women with breast cancer and 793 women with no history of the disease.

Furthermore, the study also discussed the issue about paraben compounds being linked to cancers. The research agrees that cancer tumors contains paraben but are definitely not the cause of the tumor. Experts also added that other areas of the body that have healthy breast tissues also contains parabens. Plus, the said ingredient’s association within human cells which are caused through the use of antiperspirants and deodorants are plain inconclusive.

Obviously, both studies needed additional research to better specify scientific proof about the real relationships of underarm products to breast cancer. Let us just understand that underarm sweating is a natural process of body. If we alter this process, we also inhibits this sweat toxins from going out of our body. Fact or myth, you decide.