Is there any truth that antiperspirants leak through out skin and cause breast cancer?

It supposedly contains aluminum.

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Deodorant And Anti-Perspirant Dangers - Do You Know What You're Putting Under Your Armpits?
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Wednesday, October 22 2008 - by HealthyMuslim
Key topics: Aluminium • Anti-perspirant • Deodorant • Parabens • Propylene Glycol • Alzheimer's

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Deodorant and anti-perspirants are used to prevent embarrassing social situations. Naturally, smelling nice is part of good personal hygiene.
Most deodorants and anti-perspirants contain aluminium, parabens and propylene glycol. There are growing links between the chemicals found in such products and chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's and breast cancer.

aluminium is widely used and you may not be aware of the level of contact with aluminium. It is in anti-perspirants and deodorants. It is in soft drink cans (made of aluminium). It can also be found in medicine such as "buffered aspirins" and is used for many cooking utensils.

In deodorants and anti-perspirants it comes in the form of aluminium chloride or aluminium sulphate, it helps to stop you from sweating. However, sweating is an extremely important function of the body and it serves the purpose of maintaining the body temperature as well as eliminating toxins.

So the idea of stopping perspiration is in opposition to the body's natural health maintaining system. It makes no sense to "stop" perspiration since perspiration is a vital function.

Dr Chris Exley from Keele University, a researcher into the toxicity of aluminium, and awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in the field "The Bioinorganic Chemistry of aluminium and Silicon" said:

Aluminium is a metalloestrogen, it is genotoxic, is bound by DNA and has been shown to be carcinogenic. The confirmed presence of aluminium in breast tissue biopsies highlights its potential as a possible factor in the aetiology of breast cancer
The World Health Organization has linked exposure to aluminum to Alzheimer's disease, with higher frequencies of deodorant use corresponding to higher risks of developing Alzheimer's. Unusually high levels of aluminium accumulation has been found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. Further, when aluminium is injected into the brains of laboratory animals, the animals develop a neurological disease similar to Alzheimer's.

Then we have parabens which are used as preservatives. The problem with them is that they are similar to oestrogens in their activity and may disrupt the proper functioning or hormones in the body. There are studies showing that parabens have been found in the tumours from breast cancer sufferers. They are mostly found in the area nearest to the underarm in the outer parts of the breast.

Another addition to these cosmetics is mineral oil which is used to block pores, thereby subduing perspiration and preventing the detoxification process.

Then we have propylene glycol which is an agent that prevents substances from drying out. Propylene glycol was (and still is) used as an anti-freeze and it has found its way into deodorant. So what is propylene glycol? It is a neurotoxin that has been known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney and liver damage.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for propylene glycol by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety warns workers to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical. However, millions of people use it under their arms every single day. From the MSDS:

May cause eye irritation, skin irritation. Chronic exposure can cause gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression.
In addition when using spray-based deodorants and anti-perspirants, you inevitably inhale the toxic elements in these products.

So if you shouldn't prevent perspiration, how can you control the smell. Well it comes down largely to what you eat. Is that a surprise? It shouldn't be. Without being overly polite here, if your stool smells differently depending on what type of foods you eat, it should make sense that the smell of your sweat, to some degree or other, will be influenced likewise by what you eat. Lots of caffeine, for example, leads to a pungent type of body odour.

If you adhere to the optimum diet, which consists of mainly vegetables and fruit (80%) and limit the meat and unhealthy fat intake, your body odour will not smell as bad.

This mean's that you will not have to take such drastic measures as sticking anti-freeze under your armpits, blocking your pores and preventing normal and essential bodily functions such as perspiration. This just makes your body retain the toxins that it is trying to excrete for your own protection and well-being.

As everybody is different, for some people even a change in diet may not be enough and they may find that they need "extra protection" against those embarrassing social situations.

If that is you, then you should try and search for aluminium-free,anti-freeze free, paraben-free cosmetics. There are many natural deodorants available now, so you have to experiment and find out which one works well for you.

Crystal deodorants can be very effective and there are plenty available on the market. You have to experiment and see which one works well for you.

Talc, antiperspirants may cause ovarian, breast cancer
14 September, 2007

Studies have once again suggested that chemicals used in cosmetics such as talc could increase the risk of cancer.

According to a study reported in the International Journal of Cancer in August 2007, examination of 3,000 women who regularly put talc in their underwear had a 17% higher risk of ovarian cancer than those who did not.
This follows a number of studies that have made a similar link, including an extensive one a few years ago, which suggested that such use of talc might increase the risk of ovarian cancer by 33% (from a baseline risk of 2% over a lifetime).

Talc is not the only commonly used product to have aroused suspicion recently.

In the first week of September 2007, it was reported that new research funded by the British breast cancer charity Genesis suggests a potential link between aluminum in antiperspirants and breast cancer. Aluminum salts are widely used in antiperspirants, as they are highly effective in preventing sweat.

A small-scale study carried out by Dr Chris Exley of Keele University, the United Kingdom, showed that, of breast tissue taken from 17 patients who had had mastectomies, all had higher concentrations of aluminum in the breast tissue closest to the underarm.

Dr Exley explained that he does not actually know if aluminum originated from antiperspirant, but “one can put two and two together and make a guess on that. Aluminum is known to cause cancer in animal models.”

It was reported in Britain earlier in 2007 that “each of us can expect to absorb 4lb 6oz of chemicals through our skin each year.” On an average, women in Britain apparently use 12 makeup and skincare products every day, a combination that can contain as many as 175 different chemicals.

For some years now, the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), a British organization, has been calling attention to the dangers it suspects are lurking in the osmetics. Liz Sutton, WEN’s communications coordinator, specifically highlights parabens (also known as alkyl parahydroxy benzoates) as a source of potential concern.

Parabens, used as preservatives in a wide range of cosmetic products, have been linked to dermatitis and allergies. According to Liz Sutton, parabens are also linked to hormone disruption – specifically as estrogen mimics, which some fear might contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Another group of compounds that concerns WEN are the plasticizers known as phthalates, which are used in many cosmetic products to give them a smooth texture and durability. There is a growing body of evidence that these are a threat to fertility and reproductive health, adds Liz Sutton.

There are potential dangers elsewhere, too. In June 2007, the Trading Standards Institute of the United Kingdom had reported that 18 out of 20 teeth-whitening kits that it had tested (bought over the counter or the internet) contained illegal levels of hydrogen peroxide, or bleach. High levels of bleach cause chemical burns to the mouth, and could also worsen gum disease and cause heightened sensitivity in teeth.

This was followed by a report in the New York Times that environmental organizations in the United States are concerned about the health of the country’s 300,000 nail-salon workers and their children.

A study by researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada, found that children whose mothers had been working in nail salons during pregnancy performed poorly in tests for cognitive function, attention, and language. Three chemicals commonly used in nail salons – toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate – have all been linked to cancer and birth defects.

OPI Products, one of the leading suppliers to nail salons, had announced in 2006 that it was removing dibutyl phthalate from products and that will phase out using toluene in 2007.

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