ask: Is deoderant-only better? Is there a link between anti-perspirants and cancer?

 
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Is it better to only wear deoderant? I believe anti-perspirants are not as safe because they actually block the body from perspiring, and have components (ingredients) in them that can lead to an increase in cancer risks, instead of a deoderant that just keeps a person fresh.

Although what's not considered a cancer risk these days...

Any thoughts on this?

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Tina Tran

The National Cancer Institute says that there is no conclusive research that links the use of antiperspirants or deodorants to cancer, specifically breast cancer.

And to your point, antiperspirants use an aluminum-based compound that temporarily plug the sweat ducts to stop the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that these compounds, which are applied near the breast may be absorbed and cause estrogen-like hormonal effects… Some scientists have suggested that aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.

If you'd like to learn more, visit
p://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/AP-Deo

July 2, 2008 - 9:44pm
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