Do Deodorant and Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer?

MAY 25, 2016

Do Deodorant and Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer?


An alarming message about the relationship between deodorant use and breast cancer began circulating on the Internet in the 1990s and continues to resurface from time to time.  The initial claim about breast cancer and antiperspirant use was largely unsubstantiated and actually began circulating prior to any serious medical or scientific research on the matter. In response to the quickly and widely spreading rumors, researchers started to conduct studies in an attempt to put to rest what many believed to be an unfounded fear.


There are now a number of published studies on the topic, but the research has by no means been exhaustive.  Most results point to the lack of any relationship between wearing deodorant and the likelihood to develop breast cancer.


Chemicals and Metals in Cosmetics

Some of the anxiety over antiperspirant use may have developed due to concerns about two of the ingredients in these products. A study in the 1970s found that breast cancer tumors contain trace amounts of several metals, including aluminum.  Aluminum salts are an ingredient in some antiperspirants. Also, traces of parabens -- chemical preservatives used in cosmetic products, including some deodorants and antiperspirants -- have been found in tumor samples taken from breast cancer patients.


These findings, however, do not prove that either aluminum or parabens were the cause of, or played any role in, the development of the tumors.  Despite these studies, many consumers remain suspicious and cautious about their use of these chemicals in their deodorant, antiperspirant and other cosmetic products.  For your peace of mind, check the labels, and avoid those that contain aluminum or parabens (listed as methyl, ethyl, propyl, or butyl parabens).


The best medical option for patients interested in permanently eliminating underarm sweat and the need for deodorant, antiperspirant and their related chemicals is the miraDry underarm treatment – now available in Kansas City at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.  With no surgery, downtime or ongoing “maintenance”, such as with Botox injections, you will never again have to worry about applying deodorant or antiperspirant and wonder about the possible relationship between their chemicals and breast cancer.  miraDry safely and permanently destroys the underarm sweat and odor glands.  There are no chemicals, it’s FDA-approved, and the treatment is done right in the comfort and convenience of our Leawood, KS medical practice!


Remember that there are many more known risk factors for developing breast cancer, such as genetics, diet, alcohol consumption and a sedentary lifestyle. Eating healthy foods, exercising daily and limiting your alcohol intake will all reduce your risk of developing certain types of breast cancer, and annual screenings and mammogram are essential for early detection.

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miraDry Underarm Sweat Treatments in Kansas City

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miraDry is the only FDA-cleared solution to significantly reduce underarm sweat and odor with  results, after just 1-2 treatments. At Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, a leading Kansas City medical practice specializing in aesthetic and cosmetic procedures, all miraDry and miraSmooth treatments are performed in the comfort and convenience of our Leawood, KS location.


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Dr. Craig Schwartz specializes in vein treatment, minimally invasive lipo, non-surgical body contouring, facial rejuvenation, wrinkle treatment and miraDry underarm treatment at his practice, located in Leawood, KS.