Thankfully, that terror, as with most cosmetics-related terror, is unfounded. If you want to rock the deodorant-free lifestyle, you rock on with your bad self. But if you're hiding from anti-persperant products exclusively because you fear an inevitable disease-ridden doom, you might as well go buy yourself a stick of Dove.
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The idea that anti-persperant might cause breast cancer was based on an observation: a disproportionate number of tumors occur in the upper outer quadrant of the breast tissue, directly adjacent to the area where women apply deodorant. This led some researchers to hypothesize that either parabens, a preservative, or aluminum chloride might cause or hasten breast cancer development.
The evidence that aluminum salts are harmful has been equally scant. A study by Exley and colleagues found that aluminum is present in breast tissue, but acknowledged that harmful effects had yet to be shown.
As Ted Gansler, director of medical content for the American Cancer Society, observed, "There is no convincing evidence that antiperspirant or deodorant use increases cancer risk."
If you are looking to decrease your risk for breast cancer, there are lots of real, non-smelly ways to do so, which include eating healthily, exercising, and keeping alcohol consumption low. You know, the stuff that makes shitty headlines. Breaking: "It's Still A Good Idea To Eat Vegetables!"