But is there a proven link between the two?
It’s been said that because antiperspirants and deodorants are applied near the breast and contain chemicals and ingredients that can be absorbed through a shaving nick or cut, they can increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
And, given that one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, the potential link has not been taken lightly throughout the years, according to the American Cancer Society.
Fortunately, research finds no proven link between the diagnosis of breast cancer and the use of antiperspirants and deodorants.
In 2002, a study was conducted involving 813 women with breast cancer and 793 women with no previous history of breast cancer. The study examined the effects that applying antiperspirant, applying deodorant, shaving with a razor blade, and applying antiperspirant and deodorant within one hour of shaving with a razor blade had on the women in both categories.
The results of the study indicated zero increase in the risk of breast cancer among women who used antiperspirants or deodorants and zero increase in breast cancer risk among women who reported using a razor blade and applying antiperspirant or deodorant within one hour of shaving.
“While antiperspirants and deodorants do not increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer,” says Theresa Prosser, clinical nurse manager for medical/oncology at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., “other factors can increase that risk.”
- Genetic factors, such as gender, age, race, family health history and personal health history
- Environmental and lifestyle risk factors, such as lack of physical activity, poor diet and drinking alcohol
- Being overweight
- Radiation exposure
- Dense breast tissue
“Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the U.S. and is one of the deadliest, killing nearly 40,000 women each year,” Prosser says. “It’s important to attend your regular check-ups and mammograms and to pay attention to any warning signs your body may be giving you.”
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