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Deodorants and Breast Cancer
Published: 5 August, 2012
Research showed a link between breast cancer and deodorant sprays. Tests were carried out on women who had mastectomies (their breasts removed) and the breast tissue showed high levels of Aluminum, which is a metal used in deodorants.
The research was done on only 17 women with breast cancer after their surgery. Samples used were the breast tissues and biopsies taken from other parts of their breast. This was a descriptive report. There were no biopsies taken from women without breast cancer to compare the measurements with and the outcomes of the cancer patients were not measured.
The breast tissues and fat were found to have high levels of Aluminium metal. Deodorant sprays may contain up to 90% Aluminium. Aluminium was found in both breast tissue and breast fat, with the highest around the armpits. The Aluminium content was higher in the outer regions of the breast than in the inner regions.
This study does not offer any new evidence of a link between breast cancer and deodorant use. Women should not be alarmed by the reports of this study. To date, there is no convincing evidence that the use of deodorants or antiperspirants is linked with breast cancer.