The Truth Behind The Antiperspirant and Breast Cancer Link

February 7, 2007

3370060387.jpgThe first time I heard about this controversy was around the time a friend developed breast cancer.  She tried blaming it on her underarm deodorant.  I cant imagine not using one after a bath as part of one’s hygienic routines.  But now comes this rumor of a possible link between our daily use of an antiperspirant and breast cancer.  Apparently the compound Aluminum present in antiperspirant and not in deodorant is the culprit.  But are these claims true or just  a myth?

The truth of the matter is that few clinical studies in humans have addressed the issue. 

  • The American Cancer Society has this to say: ” a carefully-designed epidemiologic study of this issue published in 2002 compared 813 women with breast cancer and 793 women without the disease found no relationship between breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, deodorant use, or underarm shaving.”
  • Likewise in a recent report released by the  National Cancer Institute, the institution concluded that “no conclusive research” exists linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants to breast cancer.

Whew… what a relief.  This controversy tells us one thing.  This baseless rumor in the internet started it all.  So before we believe in anything written on print or on-line… it is better to confirm based only on pure scientific basis and nothing else!  The two major institutions with cancer experts on board say it all!

Now We Can Remain Odor Free With Our Arms UP !

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8 Responses to “The Truth Behind The Antiperspirant and Breast Cancer Link”

  1. wilson ng Says:

    Hi Doc,

    Would you recommend to choose anti-perspirant that supposedly have ‘natural’ ingredients?

  2. Doc Gerry Says:

    No difference at all as far as ingredients and health in antiperspirants is concerned. The proponents of the so called “natural” may claim to be organic but one has to check the labels carefully. It is also based on the same rumor that natural is better because… aluminum can cause cancer and the argument that paraben present in antiperspirant can be harmful. However… the compound paraben that is used as a preservative in antiperspirant may have estrogen like activity but a very weak one and the amount is super tiny to cause a problem.

    For those not sure of what to do… here’s a home remedy to help your underarm safe from sweat and odor that should be safe: use equal parts cornstarch and baking soda, mix them together than apply to the underarm using a damp cloth… viola… odorless underarm!

  3. Julie Says:

    I wouldn’t go as far as saying “a baseless rumor”… Aluminum, usually present as aluminum salts in many commercialised antiperspirants, is classified as a metaloestrogen (along with Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Nickel, Tin, etc.) and as such is capable of modulating the level of oestrogens in the body and interfering with oestrogen action. Since tumor growth in breast cancers have been associated with variations in the level of oestrogens, aluminum MAY have an incidence on breast cancer development. So the rumor is not unfounded.
    However it is true that NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE has, to date, confirm this fact… and one should also remember that aluminum is one of the most abundant metal element, therefore exposure is not just limited to the application of a spray underarms…

    Ref: Darbre PD, Journal of Applied Toxicology, 2006, 26(3), 191-197 [available through Wiley Interscience] and related articles

  4. Doc Gerry Says:

    Thanks Julie for the information and the link for our readers to check.

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