SINCE summer season is here, many people wear antiperspirant to avoid odour and perspiration.

One of the sweat-blocking ingredients found in many antiperspirants is aluminium, an element that is also found in drinking water, cooking utensils, and antacids.

In recent years, questions have been raised about whether the aluminium in antiperspirants can be absorbed into the body and contribute to the development of breast cancer.

A 2007 study analysed the breast tissue of 17 breast cancer patients to measure aluminium content.

The researchers found that the outer regions of the breast, close to where antiperspirant would be applied, held higher levels of aluminium.

More studies are under way to find a definite link between aluminium and breast cancer (source: American Cancer Society).

No link has been found between topical aluminium chloride and neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease.

Another common concern about antiperspirants is that they may plug sweat glands and prevent toxins from leaving the body.

This is not true as the human body doesn’t get rid of waste through sweat glands. Kidneys and liver filter out toxins.

Some dangers of aluminium, however, are very real. People without fully-functioning kidneys should be wary of using antiperspirants.

There should be a clear warning label on all antiperspirants stating that people with kidney disease should consult a doctor before using them.

DR NOORUL AIN AZAM Islamabad

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Comments (5)

Usman Masood
May 18, 2012 5:43 pm
Cheers !
Shaukat ashai
May 19, 2012 1:57 am
I have attached a link from our cancer institute. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk...
Shaukat ashai MD
May 19, 2012 1:54 am
There's no proof what so ever that aluminum increases risk of breast cancer.
ali
May 18, 2012 8:46 am
I just checked my deodorant (CK) and Aluminum is not listed anywhere. Most of the ingredients are derivative of Sodium and Glycol and Aqua water.
Usman Masood
May 19, 2012 9:06 am
Dear Sir, inconclusiveness of result -to date- is not a proof of non-existence of the correlation between the two. All that the link you provided is suggesting that 'more research is required', though it does say there is no CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE to support the hypothesis till yet. But it does then say that scientists have found conflicting results... So who needs the deodorant that badly? Why Risk your Health -and life- till the findings on the issue become clear?
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