Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Health Watch: Parabens and Aluminum Containing Antiperspirants may Cause Breast Cancer

Recent studies have showed that there is a link between aluminum and parabens containing deodorants and breast cancer. This is alarming because we all know that breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the fifth most common cause of death especially in women.
As a woman, being aware with all these findings is beneficial because I have learned that “prevention is the best cure.” Preventing certain conditions and diseases are critical in maintaining a healthy lifestyle; as a result, we would live a long life. I know most of us would want that, wouldn’t we?
There have been controversies surrounding antiperspirants containing aluminum and parabens, as one of the possible causes of breast cancer. What is parabens, you ask. Well, parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Generally, they are non-toxic and are excreted from our body; however, recent studies have shown that samples of parabens have appeared in samples of breast tumors. Aluminum is also used in antiperspirants and food additives. Although they are absorbed by the body and increased absorption of aluminum may cause reduced bone mineralization, there has been no clear reports about it contributing to cancer.
Does parabens and aluminum containing antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer? Probably. I know we have discovered and used many chemicals that have made our lives easier. Everywhere we look, we cannot seem to escape carcinogens. Whether we breathe in air or we drink processed drinks, we are exposed daily to carcinogens. Antiperspirants may indeed contribute to breast cancer but I know that it isn’t the main cause. There are certain people who are predisposed to have breast cancer which cannot be changes like age, sex, gender, and hereditary. Avoiding probable causes of cancer are also good for our health but I know we cannot avoid it 100%.
A lot of debate has been done regarding this findings. To know more, share your ideas, join the Breast Cancer Link Debate.

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