Are You Using These Breast Cancer Causing Chemicals?

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Antiperspirants, better known as deodorants, have been a part of our personal hygiene. Though, what might make you smell good could also increase the risks of getting cancer.

Chemicals, such as parabens and aluminum are usually present in commercialized personal care products and these compounds have been linked to cancer.

Studies show that women who were diagnosed with breast cancer have high concentrations of parabens on the upper quadrants of the breasts, and it’s believed that it could be carcinogenic. Likewise, these compounds are also present in the axillary areas where deodorants are usually applied.

cancer causing ingredients in deodorant

In order to preserve cosmetics, antiperspirants, and sun lotions, parabens are used. However, based on research, parabens have estrogenic activity. This only implies that they could increase the risks of developing breast cancer.

Can Your Deodorant Cause Cancer?

The study mentioned above used 160 tissue samples from 40 mastectomies as a part of their experiment. It has been discovered that almost 99% of the samples contain parabens in them. As a matter of fact, almost every sample even have 5 paraben esters in them!

Deodorants aren’t the only source of parabens. Thus, there are other hygienic products that have them as well. Based on the study conducted 7 out of 40 patients didn’t even use deodorants at all. This only implies that parabens are also present in drugs, personal care products, and cosmetics.

Parabens Have NEVER Been Safe for Use: Why Do Commercialized Products Have Them?

Truth be told, a lot of products have parabens and consumers were never alarmed by this. The reason behind is that, even featured reviews claim that there’s NO study to prove that the carcinogenity of parabens follow the standard carcinogenity protocols. As a matter of fact, it was even mentioned that it’s safe for human, through a rat experimented conducted in 1956.

Likewise, most studies related to the toxicology of parabens were conducted on oral exposure and not on dermal route. However, according to the review authors, David Everett and Philip Harvey, the dermal route is considered to be the most essential form of exposure. They also believe that the risk assessment is mostly based on opinion, assumption, and the technical regulatory instrument of GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe).

The absence of toxicological studies just gave an assumption that parabens aren’t really that harmful to humans. For instance, propyparaben and Butylparaben are said to be 30,000 and 10,000 less potent as compared to estradiol– the most potent type of estrogen hormone present in the body.

The Argument

Studies show that the tissue concentrations of parabens found in the breast tissue are one million-fold higher than the estradiol. Which means that, even with constant exposure, it was still less potent.

Moreover, the 2011 study claims that the methyparaben triggers cell cycling and this could make the breasts more apoptosis-resistant. The authors believe that this could be the molecular basis of the formation of malignant tumors. Likewise, experiments show that the Butylparaben and Propylparaben could also damage the DNA.

Aluminum: Another Cancer-Causing Agent

In order to clog, block, or close the sweat-producing pores, aluminum is often used as an active ingredient in most antiperspirant. Though, studies show that constant exposure to this could also contribute to a lot of health dangers.

For one, aside from blocking the body’s routes for detoxification, it’s also subject to scrutiny as to where these metals will go once you roll them on your body.

Furthermore, aluminum could also mimic estrogen. Therefore, it could be absorbed and deposited in your breast tissues– this would lead to health problems, such as breast cancer in the long run.

Due to the fact that most deodorants contain aluminum, it has been suggested that it’s also the most common culprit of breast cancer. Just a single underarm application could make the body absorb as much as 0.012% of aluminum. Even though this doesn’t sound that much, try to consider how often you apply deodorant on your armpit and the amount of lead entering your body could be very alarming.

Opt for Natural Deodorants

Luckily, there are a long of 100% natural deodorants available today. However, it’s important to pay close attention when choosing a brand. Some organic deodorants claim to be aluminum-free, but they contain potassium aluminum sulfate instead.

Likewise, you could just stay away from antiperspirants and just use soap and water to clean your armpits. Sunbathing your axilla regularly could also be helpful. The UV light could sterilize the armpit and it’s a great source of vitamin D.

Lastly, we believe that the optimum way to avoid breast cancer is to stop using chemical-based products and try to maintain a holistic lifestyle instead. It could be very difficult at first, but truly beneficial in the long run.

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