Deodorant and Cancer

July 12, 2011

You have likely heard about the possible link between deodorant and breast cancer and the recent studies that have investigated this claim.

The subject under the microscope is a group of chemicals known as parabens; preservatives used in many cosmetics, including some deodorants and antiperspirants.

Parabens May be Linked to Cancer

Parabens are at the centre of cancer studies because they have oestrogen-like qualities, and oestrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer tissue [reference:]. Scientists are particularly concerned about deodorants and antiperspirants because they are applied near to the breast.

It is thought that many major brands of deodorants and antiperspirants no longer contain parabens; but to be completely sure you can check the ingredients list of any product. Parabens may be listed as: ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, benzylparaben, or butylparaben.

As yet, there is no evidence that there is a link between parabens and cancer; for more information head over to the Cancer Research UK website: here.

Ingredients in Your Deodorants May be Putting You at Risk of Alzheimer's

Parabens however are not the only cause for concern. It has been suggested that the major active ingredients in all antiperspirants: Aluminium compounds (including: aluminium chlorohydrate, aluminium chloride, and aluminium-zirconium) have possible links to Alzheimer’s disease. Post-mortem studies of Alzheimer’s infected brains showed increased levels of aluminium compared to people that did not die from Alzheimer’s. Many studies have been undertaken to determine Aluminium’s link to Alzheimer’s but as with the link between cancer and parabens, there is no adequate evidence to prove such a link. For more information about the link between Aluminium and Alzheimer’s read this interesting article.

While there is no evidence to suggest any links between chemicals in deodorants and cancer or Alzheimer’s, it can be a cause of concern for some. If you are concerned about the possible link, you can avoid using deodorants altogether. This may not seem like a viable option for many, as deodorant is often seen as a necessity rather than a luxury, but there are numerous chemical-free, natural alternatives available. A crystal deodorant stone, for example, is an effective and safe way to prevent odour and stay fresh all day. They are made from potassium alum, a naturally occurring mineral salt, which leaves an invisible layer of non-pore clogging salt on your skin; the salt prevents bacteria from breaking down sweat and producing odour.

Crystal Spring’s Salt of the Earth deodorants contain no chemicals whatsoever, they are unscented, unisex and are not tested on animals. The offer long-lasting protection and are available in stone and spray format.

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