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What causes breast cancer? Can antiperspirants cause breast cancer?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Wilson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Genetics

Familial tendency, obesity, hormone use, having few or no pregnancies, not breastfeeding, lack of exercise, alcohol use are among the more common risk factors for development of breast cancer.
The lifetime incidence is about 1 in 12, so i recommend monthly self breast exams, annual clinical breast exams, and mammograms beginning at age 40, as a screening strategy. Antiperspirants are safe.

In brief: Genetics

Familial tendency, obesity, hormone use, having few or no pregnancies, not breastfeeding, lack of exercise, alcohol use are among the more common risk factors for development of breast cancer.
The lifetime incidence is about 1 in 12, so i recommend monthly self breast exams, annual clinical breast exams, and mammograms beginning at age 40, as a screening strategy. Antiperspirants are safe.
Dr. Matthew Wilson
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
I reviewed the antiperspirants business when the originally phony e-mail came out. The intent to deceive ordinary good people was obvious. http://www.pathguy.com/antipers.htm
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unknown

While this has been a popular topic online, there is no conclusive evidence linking breast cancer to the use of deodorants and antiperspirants.
Nevertheless, the active ingredient in antiperspirants, aluminum hydroxide, and a preservative used in some deodorants, parabens, may both have estrogen-like effects on breast tissue. Until we know more, i suggest that you use non-paraben deodorants.

In brief: Unknown

While this has been a popular topic online, there is no conclusive evidence linking breast cancer to the use of deodorants and antiperspirants.
Nevertheless, the active ingredient in antiperspirants, aluminum hydroxide, and a preservative used in some deodorants, parabens, may both have estrogen-like effects on breast tissue. Until we know more, i suggest that you use non-paraben deodorants.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Antiperspirants cannot cause breast cancer.

In brief: No

Antiperspirants cannot cause breast cancer.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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