Antiperspirants, Deodorants and Breast Cancer - Why Still in the News?
The media and others repeatedly raise the question of a possible link between use of deodorants and antiperspirants and breast cancer. This naturally causes concern to consumers yet this myth has been soundly rejected by scientists and independent cancer charities alike.
Cancer Research UK describes the fear as a myth and states clearly there is no convincing evidence to support the allegation.
Breast Cancer Now has information clearing up some of the myths about the causes of breast cancer which states very clearly that using deodorants or antiperspirants does not increase your risk of breast cancer.
Manufacturers may only place cosmetic products on the market if they are safe. This is what the law demands. Manufacturers place antiperspirants and deodorants on the market because they are safe. Their safety is assured by legislation and by expert safety assessors and this is also supported by independent cancer charities and scientists.
Scientists dispel myth of deodorant and antiperspirant breast cancer danger
In addition, in 2008, a panel of leading clinical oncologists (the branch of medicine that deals with tumours, including study of their development, diagnosis, treatment and prevention) reviewed over 50 pieces of research and concluded that there is no scientific evidence that deodorants or antiperspirants cause cancer.
The study was the most comprehensive literature review to-date on the issue. It looks at 59 scientific studies published since 1994 relating to antiperspirant and deodorant safety - and concluded that these products present no health risk to the public at all.
A panel of independent scientists was chosen who had no vested interest in either supporting or refuting a link between deodorants and antiperspirants and cancer.
Dr Emma Meredith, Director-General of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA), said: "This 'boomerang' issue crops up time and time again in the media, despite the lack of any concrete evidence to suggest any cause for concern. I am disappointed that so many commentators seem happy to revisit an old myth instead of doing some simple research and asking those who already know the answer. I had hoped the findings from this study would have dispeled this myth once and for all in 2008 and reassure women, and men too, everywhere that they can continue to enjoy the benefits of these products safely. Unfortunately, it seems good news doesn't sell and so we see this tired old allegation wheeled out time and again."
The study was published in the September 2008 edition of leading French cancer journal, Le Bulletin du Cancer. Further information about it is outlined below, as well as a link to an English translation of the study.