Anti-perspirants/Deodorants and Breast Cancer
Using an anti-perspirant may not be good because it
may clog the underarm pores. All major anti-perspirants use the same active ingredient -
aluminum zirconium. No current evidence suggests a link between anti-perspirants and
breast cancer, many people have valid reasons for choosing not to use anti-perspirants.
Some people may feel that perspiration is a natural process that should not be
Try using these other methods to absorb perspiration and reduce order.
Women's Camisoles |
Men's Undershirts |
Cotton Dress Shields |
People perspire from a number of areas in their body so if one area is blocked (under-arms due to anti-perspirant use) then presumably
these toxins can escape the body through perspiration in other areas. It is the kidneys and liver which are largely responsible for eliminating toxins, with the majority of toxins being released through urination rather than perspiration. Chemicals entering the body do not necessarily remain in the area in which they enter.
Recent articles in the press and on the Internet have warned that underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause breast cancer. The original
source of this misinformation is not clear.
Scientists at the National Cancer Institute are not aware of any research to support a link between the use of underarm antiperspirants or
deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does
not have any evidence or research data to support the theory that ingredients in underarm
antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer. Thus, there appears to be no basis for this
People who are concerned about their cancer risk are encouraged to talk with their doctor. Also, U.S. residents may wish to contact the
Cancer Information Service with any remaining questions or concerns about breast cancer.
Information about Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating