Do Deodorants and Antiperspirants Cause Breast Cancer?

Recently, antiperspirants and deodorants have been under heavy fire in the press and on the internet in connection with breast cancer and the media have been posting claims that they’re one of the leading causes of breast cancer in the USA. According to them, these personal hygiene items contain certain harmful chemicals which block the elimination of toxins through sweating, leading to accumulation of toxins in the lymph nodes which can cause breast cancer.

Their conclusions arise from the fact that in the developing countries, where these products aren’t used as much as in the US, the number of breast cancer cases is much lower. However, it seems that these claims hold no weight because in Europe, where women don’t apply these products as much, the number of breast cancer cases is much higher than in the US. Additionally, the claim is debunked by the fact that sweat is not the primary source of toxin elimination.

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