Breast Cancer Fact Check #4: Do antiperspirants cause cancer?

Published: Oct. 25, 2018 at 6:48 AM CDT
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There are many misconceptions about what does and doesn't cause breast cancer. A common belief is that the chemicals in antiperspirants can contribute to the disease.

Experts at Baylor Scott & White Cancer Center say those concerns are unfounded.

"There's a lot of studies out there on this particular topic," said Sharon Greer, oncology nurse navigator at Baylor Scott & White Health. "They haven't found anything that will link antiperspirants to breast cancer."

Most of the concern stems from an aluminum-based compound that is often an active ingredient in antiperspirants to reduce sweating.

"Some antiperspirants do have aluminum that can absorb into the skin, but they still have not found that to be a cause of breast cancer," said Greer.

Stay tuned to Brazos Valley This Morning every day this week as we continue to fact-check ideas about breast cancer.

For more information about breast cancer and its causes, visit one of the recommended websites in the Related Links section on the side of this story.

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