By Laura Clout
Scientists have discovered a potential link between deodorants and breast cancer.
High levels of aluminum, which makes up 90 per cent of the anti-perspirant part of most products, were found in the breast tissue of cancer patients who had undergone mastectomies.
The element has been linked to the disease by earlier studies.
Scientists have previously warned that aluminum could be absorbed through the skin, particularly after the armpits are shaved.
Once in the body, it may mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to be involved in the development and progression of breast cancer.
This stinks. No, nothing? Not even a titter? We guess breast cancer humor is a little tasteless. But so are smelly underarms. Whatever the case, this is really bad news. It’s principally bad news because aluminum and aluminum are the same thing. You may have breathed a sigh of relief after noticing that your stick of Secret had no aluminum. Sorry, Charlie, they’re the same thing. What this means is most commercially available deodorants have potential carcinogens. And shaving armpits can possibly exacerbate infiltration. So the options are: 1) not shaving and going with the deodorant; and 2) shaving but not using deodorants. Sure, there are people out there with fetishes about those two things, but what about the rest of us? We do have a couple of silver linings: 1) the research is fairly preliminary and we’re confident that they may find that the aluminum could be coming from other sources; and 2) there are a few readily available brands that do not include aluminum. Tom’s of Maine comes to mind, but feel free to Google others. Here’s the link to Tom’s interweb page.