Antiperspirant Breast Cysts

Aluminum Found In Human Breast Cyst Fluids

Antiperspirant Breast Cysts. Healthy Living Magazine

Antiperspirant Breast Cysts. Healthy Living Magazine

More than half of all women in the US experience cysts and fibrocystic tissues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even though cystic breast disease (CBD) is the most common benign breast disorder, its molecular basis remains to be identified.

Now researchers have a clue from a clinical study of human breast cyst fluid, breast milk and serum. Aluminum was measured in 48 samples of cystic breast tissue, milk and serum. The researchers report raised aluminum levels in human breast cyst fluids, most notably from type 1 cysts, compared with serum or milk.

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parabens and underarm products

“On the basis that antiperspirant formulations are designed to block underarm sweat ducts and breast cysts arise from blocked breast ducts in the adjacent region of the body, it is plausible that breast cysts might also arise from antiperspirant use if sufficient chemicals are absorbed over long periods of usage,” says Dr Philippa D. Darbre, the physician who linked parabens in underarm products with breast tumors and who was a co-author on the breast cyst fluid study. “The reason for such a high incidence of benign breast conditions is unknown, but it is notable that the most common site of occurrence of these benign conditions is also the upper outer quadrant of the breast.”

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nontoxic deoderants

Dr Darbre adds that even if women don’t suffer cysts or fibrocystic tissue, they might still be advised to be careful about their choices. She suspects antiperspirant use may increase risk of breast cancer and cites studies that show the genotoxic effects of aluminum ingredients in antiperspirants on the DNA of the nodes in that area of the breasts. She cautions about chemicals in fragranced products such as phthalates that have been shown to be estrogenic to breast tissue. A limited number of products contain parabens with the same effect. For this reason, low toxin deodorants may be preferred. The University of Kansas City Cancer Center recommends Crystal Deodorant from French Transit. Memorial Medical Center asks breast cancer patients to refrain from use of aluminum-based products and synthetic fragrances.

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ReferencesDarbre PD. Underarm antiperspirants/deodorants and breast cancer. Breast cancer Res. 2009; 11(suppl 3): s5. Published online 2009 Dec 18. doi: 10.1186/bcr2424PMcID: PMc2797685.Mannello f, Tonti GA, Darbre PD. concentration of aluminum in breast cyst fluids collected from women affected by gross cystic breast disease. J Appl Toxicol. 2009 Jan;29(1):1-6. doi: 10.1002/jat.1384.
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