Do underarm cosmetics cause breast cancer?

Int J Fertil Womens Med. 2004 Sep-Oct;49(5):212-4.


Although animal and laboratory studies suggest a possible link between certain chemicals used in underarm cosmetics and breast cancer development, there is no reliable evidence that underarm cosmetics use increases breast cancer risk in humans. This article reviews the evidence for and against the possible link between breast cancer and underarm cosmetics and highlights the need for further research to clarify this issue.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aluminum Hydroxide / adverse effects
  • Animals
  • Breast Neoplasms / chemically induced*
  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Carcinogens / adverse effects*
  • DNA Damage
  • Deodorants / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease / chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sweat / drug effects
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology


  • Carcinogens
  • Deodorants
  • Aluminum Hydroxide