10 Breast Cancer "Facts" You Shouldn't Believe
Do antiperspirants, hair straighteners, and birth control pills increase your odds of getting breast cancer? Here are the answers you've been looking for
Myth No. 1: Antiperspirant causes breast cancerFact: One of the more prevalent myths that scare women is the fear that wearing deodorant or antiperspirant will cause breast cancer. One of the theories is that antiperspirant prevents you from "sweating out" toxins, which then accumulate in the lymph nodes and consequently cause breast cancer; another is that the aluminum in antiperspirant is carcinogenic. In 2002, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle conclusively found no link between antiperspirant and breast cancer.
Another common deodorant rumor is that the body absorbs the chemicals in antiperspirants, like parabens, which then enter the bloodstream. One study in 2004 did find traces of parabens in a small sample of breast cancer tumors, but the study did not find any cause-and-effect connection, nor did it determine the source of the parabens, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
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