A: No, using deodorants or antiperspirants does not increase your risk of breast cancer. Claims linking deodorant/antiperspirant use and breast cancer have been around for many years.
The theory behind the claim is that using deodorant/antiperspirant blocks the body from sweating out toxins which then build up in the lymph glands under the armpit, causing breast cancer. The fact is, our bodies have several ways of getting rid of toxins and, while sweating is one of them, it doesn’t involve the lymph glands.
According to researchers at the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, there’s also no conclusive evidence that ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants cause breast cancer. If you are worried about the health effects of conventional deodorants, you may want to switch to natural products.
Dr. Christine Hodyl is director of breast services at South Nassau Communities Hospital. She received her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed her post-graduate training at Maimonides Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center and has conducted research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Hodyl has been a pioneer in the development of teaching programs in surgery and developed the surgical residency program at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. As a breast surgeon, she specializes in oncoplastic surgical techniques, combining cancer removal surgery with plastic surgery techniques to produce superior aesthetic results that can preserve dignity and pride.
South Nassau Communities Hospital is located in Oceanside, NY and provides comprehensive and easily accessible health care services to residents of the South Shore communities.