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Question from SueW: Is there any evidence that use of underarm deodorants/antiperspirants is linked to breast cancer?
Answers - Sue Heffelfinger I don't think there are any data that have shown a link. I think the concerns with some of the deodorants as well as other personal care products has been the estrogen products we mentioned earlier, but the animal data are not clear and as far as I'm aware, there are no epidemiological data to support a causal role.
Devra Davis That's true and probably going to be true for the rest of our lives. So what do you do in the meantime? I think a prudent avoidance of suspect material is all we can say. The reality is we do not have human evidence of harm. But that should not be confused with meaning that there is no harm. It merely means that, given the tools we have available to us now, we cannot answer the questions with studies in humans.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Environmental Issues and Breast Cancer featured Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H.,  Sue Heffelfinger andDevra Davis answering your questions abouthow the environment can affect breast cancer risk and ways to reduce this risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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