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Will antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer?

Sep 19th 2009

Attempting to bust the bust myth.

The Myth

I have received this forwarded message a number of times since I was a medical student.


Here’s a shocker!

BREAST CANCER PREVENTION – not just for women

Men don’t forget to tell mom, cousins, etc. Deodorants non-antiperspirants) are very hard to find but there are a few out there.

I just got information from a health seminar that I would like to share. The leading cause of breast cancer is the use of anti-perspirant.

Yes, ANTI-PERSPIRANT. Most of the products out there are an anti-perspirant/deodorant combination so go home and check your labels.

Deodorant is fine, anti-perspirant is not. Here’s why:

The human body has a few areas that it uses to purge toxins; behind the knees, behind the ears, groin area, and armpits. The toxins are purged in the form of perspiration.

Anti-perspirant, as the name clearly indicates, prevents you from perspiring, thereby inhibiting the body from purging toxins from below the armpits. These toxins do not just magically disappear. Instead, the body deposits them in the lymph nodes below the arms since it cannot sweat them out.

This causes a high concentration of toxins and leads to cell mutations: a.k.a. CANCER.

Nearly all breast cancer tumors occur in the upper outside quadrant of the breast area. This is precisely where the lymph nodes are located.

Additionally, men are less likely (but not completely exempt) to develop breast cancer prompted by anti-perspirant usage because most of the anti-perspirant product is caught in their hair and is not directly applied to the skin. Women who apply anti-perspirant right after shaving increase the risk further because shaving causes almost imperceptible nicks in the skin which give the chemicals entrance into the body from the armpit area.

PLEASE pass this along to anyone you care about. Breast Cancer is becoming frighteningly common. This awareness may save lives. If you are skeptical about these findings, I urge you to do some research for yourself. You will arrive at the same conclusions, I assure you.

Thank you.

For years I would immediately dismiss it as a hoax as I have not found an explanation nor clue from my textbooks. But then, I never really made any effort to research on it. There have been studies conducted since then I surmise, so I might as well give this email a chance and see if any of the lastest research can enlighten this myth.

To be continued

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