Antiperspirants & Breast Cancer


The FAQ section answers questions on antiperspirant / deodorant use and breast cancer

Can aluminium in antiperspirants cause breast cancer?

Aluminium salts are a common ingredient in antiperspirants and help to control the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. There have been a number of research studies that look for a link between aluminium in antiperspirants and breast cancer. However, cancer experts, charities and health authorities assert that there is no convincing scientific evidence to support this.

On the contrary, there is no evidence that using antiperspirants can lead to levels of aluminium that would be harmful to health.The available scientific evidence suggests that very little of the aluminium in antiperspirants can cross the skin.

According to the European Scientific Commission on Consumer Safety “There is no plausible evidence that the use of aluminium containing cosmetics and skin care products can increase the risk of breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases”.


  1. SCCS & EU Commission 2014:

Worried about breast cancer?

If you’re personally worried about breast cancer or concerned for a family member or friend, you can find out further information from the registered cancer charities and support groups below. It is also important to speak to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional about any concerns you may have. They can provide you with further information and advice about breast cancer.

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