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Does Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer? Here’s What You Should Know

Does Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer? Here’s What You Should Know

The topic of antiperspirant and breast cancer is very controversial. Although it has not been scientifically proven yet that antiperspirant causes breast cancer, there are more medical studies and research indicating that there are possible links between the two.

Using antiperspirant exposes you to several ‘chemicals of concern’ 365 days a year.    The area so close to your lymph nodes receiving a dose of highly suspicious chemicals every day is worth thinking about.

 

High levels of sex hormone may be linked to breast cancer

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone and plays an important role in the development and regulation of the female reproductive system, including the breasts. Researchers from the University of Thessaly, Greece, found that aluminum chloride found in antiperspirants could increase estrogen receptors (ER) and estrogen gene expression in breast tissue.

Why does that matter?

Several studies have shown that high levels of estrogen have been linked to breast cancer cell growth. Estrogen has been shown to stimulate cancer growth in estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer. Approximately 65% of breast cancer patients have ER positive breast cancer.

 

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Research study showed aluminum transformed skin cells into tumor cells

The University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine, conducted a research study where they exposed the skin cells of mice to the same amount of aluminum chloride found in antiperspirants.  

The skin cells of mice were extracted and then cultured with aluminum chloride for 6 months. They then injected 10 mice with the aluminum cultured skin cells and after 5 weeks, they found 8 of the 10 mice had developed tumors and the tumors had metastasized into their lungs.

Not only did prolonged exposure to aluminum turn skin cells into tumor cells, but they can also bypass the body’s immune cells which work to protect the body against tumors.

 

Breast cancer that metastasizes is much harder to treat

Breast cancer that metastasizes (ability to spread to other parts of the body) is a lot more serious, more likely to reoccur later on, and harder to treat than localized breast cancer.

There is a large concentration of lymph nodes near the breast tissue and underarm (axillary lymph nodes). If the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes, it can easily spread to the rest of the body via the bloodstream. The more lymph nodes that are affected by cancer, the more likely the cancer will reoccur.

 

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Reduce your exposure of aluminum chloride

The simplest way to avoid aluminum is by using aluminum-free natural deodorant. This may also help reduce your chance of forming estrogen receptors (ER) positive breast cancer in the long run.  

Before switching to natural deodorant, find out which type of natural deodorant would work best for your body chemistry.

 

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This Everyday Product Is Actually A Drug

This Everyday Product Is Actually A Drug

This week, Mary decodes: Aluminum compounds in antiperspirant.

Did you know? Antiperspirant is classified as an over-the-counter drug in both Canada and the U.S. Most of us grew up being told to start using antiperspirant at a young age to prevent body odor, but if our teachers and parents were aware that the product was classified as a drug, I am not so sure they would have been quick to suggest it.

 

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What Is Aluminum Chloride?

Aluminum is a heavy metal that most of us are exposed to on a daily basis. It is a naturally occurring element from the earth and is used in the manufacturing of paints, cars, propellant, fuel additives, over the counter medications (like antacids), soda cans, aluminum foil, and antiperspirants.

Aluminum chloride compounds, such as aluminum chlorohydrates and aluminiumzirconium tetrachlorohydrex are the most effective antiperspirant agents you’ll find in conventional antiperspirants today.

 

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How Does It Work?

Aluminum compounds in antiperspirants combine with sweat to form a gel-like plug, which prevents and constricts the sweat gland duct to perspire.

This is what keeps your underarms dry.

While this may sound like a good thing, preventing your body from sweating traps toxins in your body. Sweating also play a vital role in regulating your body’s temperature.

 

Long-term Use Effects

Long-term usage of antiperspirant actually creates more bacteria on your armpits once you stop using them, causing increased breakthrough odor in the beginning.

Long-term usage has also shown to form increased levels of aluminum compounds in the body, known as “body burden”. The body burden of aluminum in humans is similar to how fish become laden with mercury over time.

There is a reason why antiperspirants are classified as an over-the-counter drug — your body becomes dependent on it!

 

Why Should I Be Worried?

Unfortunately, aluminum compounds have been found to be able migrate into your bloodstream, as confirmed by blood tests. Women who shave their underarms then apply antiperspirant are more at risk for aluminum compounds to enter the body. Shaving creates micro-abrasions, causing pores to be more susceptible to absorption of chemicals.  

Over the past decade, the FDA issued warnings on antiperspirant labels for individuals with weakened kidneys to be aware. You’ll often find the warning that reads, “Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease.”

 

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Remember, what you put ON your body is as important as what you put IN your body.

 

Why is Aluminum In Antiperspirant So Controversial?

The topic of aluminum in cosmetic products is a controversial one. While there are little scientific evidence that links antiperspirants to breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, these chemicals are still being applied directly on the skin every day. The long-term health effects from the body burden of aluminum are essentially unknown. The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence of a harmful effect.

In my opinion, why run the risk? It is always better to practice PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE.  It is up to you as a consumer to make the decision if this is a risk to your health.

If you are an antiperspirant user making the switch to natural deodorant, it is important to know that this odor-causing bacteria won’t last forever, it is just a part of The Stages of Detox that happens when you discontinue use. This is one easy lifestyle change you won’t regret making.

 


 

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