There is a popular myth around Breast Cancer The one many people choose to believe: Using underarm deodorant can lead to this. As a result, some people consciously stay away from such products. This recently surfaced on social media when Dr Tanaya aka Dr Cutrus took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the same. Dispelling the myth in a reel, the Doctor tells his followers that it is an “Internet rumour”, which is completely unfounded.
“there is no evidence [to support] That Underarm Roll-On deodorant causes breast cancer,” he said, adding that people claim that because it contains aluminum, it can block sweat glands and be absorbed into the body, leading to breast cancer.
“That’s not quite true. The amount of aluminum you absorb underarm deodorant Not enough to actually cause cancer. According to some studies, it is as small as 0.012 percent, which is actually a small amount of aluminum,” said the doctor. She concluded by saying that one need not worry about their underarm deodorant, and use it as much as they want.
Agreeing with them, Dr Teji Davane, Senior Consultant Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Fertility Specialist, Motherhood Hospitals Whitefield, Bengaluru, said indianexpress.com Rumors about the connection between deodorants (especially underarm ones) and Breast Cancer have been circulating for ages, however, there is little scientific evidence to support this claim.
“Deodorants or any other type of perfume does not cause breast cancer. There have been claims that aluminum compounds present in antiperspirants promote the growth of both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells, but there is no evidence to prove this,” she told this outlet.
The doctor said that although they do not cause Breast CancerDeodorants/perfume may still contain chemicals like parabens which can irritate your skin. “It’s always wise to seek a doctor’s help if you notice any breakouts or rashes after using them.”
“As far as breast cancer is concerned, there are other factors such as family and reproductive history, age and genetic mutations that can make women vulnerable to the disease,” Dawney said.
How can people make sure they stay healthy and protected from breast cancer?
According to the doctor, factors like age and family history cannot be changed when it comes to disease prevention. But, there are other things which are under your control. The following steps can reduce the risk of breast cancer:
1. Maintaining a healthy weight: Watch your daily caloric intake and maintain a healthy weight.
2. Be physically active: Women should aim to engage in a moderate-intensity exercise routine.
3. Limit alcohol: If alcohol consumption is high, your risk of developing breast cancer increases. Therefore, try to avoid alcohol consumption or at least limit your intake if unavoidable.
4. Feeding The Beast: There have been many studies that show Breastfeeding helps reduce risk of breast cancer.
5. Reduce hormone therapy after menopause: Some hormone therapies may increase the risk of breast cancer. Talk to your gynecologist about the risks and ask if menopause symptoms can be managed with nonhormonal medications.
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