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Antiperspirants and cancer

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Use of antiperspirants or deodorants was not linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in a population-based case-control study published in the Oct. 16 Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Conducted by Dana Mirick, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, et al., study involved 810 women diagnosed with breast cancer, 793 controls who were interviewed about antiperspirant and deodorant use following underarm hair removal. "To our knowledge," researchers state, "this is the only epidemiologic evidence pertaining to a possible association" between antiperspirants/deodorants and breast cancer and "our results provide no indication that such a relationship exists." Study prompted by "persistent" Internet rumors of a connection between the products and cancer...

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