Does Deodorant Cause Cancer?

Is your antiperspirant giving you cancer? It’s a rumor that never seems to die: the scary claim that wearing antiperspirant can give you breast cancer, because of the aluminum found in many underarm products. But don’t sweat it: the experts say there’s no conclusive evidence that this is true along with deodorant use, or underarm shaving.

A Connection Between Cancer and Antiperspirant?

Some people think the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants are absorbed through the underarm skin and, along with parabens, can build up in the breast tissue.

While a fair amount of research has turned up some parabens in breast cancer samples, studies did not show a link between the parabens and the creation of cancer. So far, all that’s certain is that scientists have more work to do before declaring antiperspirants a breast cancer risk. Looking for reassurance? Lymph nodes are not connected to sweat glands.

Strange-but-true: Did you know that sitting six or more hours daily can up your chances of dying of cancer and other major diseases? Women are at greater risk than men. Cut your desk jockey time by taking the stairs, standing up to stretch at least once an hour, and going on a lunchtime stroll with a coworker.

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