That would stink, but cancer specialist Dr. Philippa Darbre believes it is worth investigating.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and research suggests that "the majority of cases are environmental in origin," but that environmental origin is still a mystery.
Since lifetime exposure to estrogen is one of the biggest risk factors for the disease, Darbre turned decided to research parabens, a chemical that mimics estrogen and is commonly found in breast tumors.
The chemical is also present in all sorts of toiletries, including deodorant. Suspicious of the continued underarm exposure to it, she began to study the breast tissue of women and discovered one it was present in women who both did and did not use deodorant.
Her conclusion is that women are absorbing this chemical in other ways other than applying it to their underarm, but has stopped using deodorant herself as a precaution.
The study found no definitive link between breast cancer and parabens, but she believes if a link is established, "prevention could finally become a reality."
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