Scientists discover potential link between deodorant and breast cancer
Scientists have discovered a potential link between the aluminium in deodorants and breast cancer.
A study carried out by breast cancer charity Genesis, which will appear in the November issue of the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, tested women who have had mastectomies and found high levels of aluminium in their outer breasts.
Aluminium is used in deodorants as a sweat-stopper, and tests on animals have already shown it can cause cancer.
Dr Chris Exley, who tested 17 patients in at Wythenshaw Hospital, Manchester, told the Daily Mirror: ‘They all had higher concentrations of aluminium in the breast tissue closest to the underarm.’
But Dr Christopher Flower, director general of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association, reputed the findings, saying: ‘We do not believe that aluminium is absorbed into the body from the use of antiperspirants.’