Aluminum And Breast Cancer – Is There A Link?

By now you’ve more than likely heard about the connection between aluminum and breast cancer. At ThermApproach, we believe you should be come your own advocate, and the best way to do that is through education.

In today’s society, we do more than likely need some added protection against body odor. Whether it’s at a business meeting, the gym, or any form of social gathering, without some type of deodorant, we will sweat, and produce some sort of odor. Choosing the right underarm protection is just as important as wearing it on a regular basis. You should look for one that is long lasting, but, also free from toxins.

Most people use the terms ‘deodorant’ and ‘antiperspirant’ interchangeably, but, the truth is, they are not the same.  A deodorant allows perspiration, but they block odor. They accomplish this by killing the bacteria that causes odor. An antiperspirant works by preventing perspiration from occurring.



Most of us don’t want to walk around giving off an unpleasant, offensive odor, and are also not overly fond of sweating. (Though, it’s through sweating that our body releases toxins.) Many personal care products that deal with both of these concerns contain aluminum as an active ingredient. Aluminum is also a known neurotoxin. (A neurotoxin is a poison that acts on, and interferes with, the nervous system.) Choosing an aluminum-free deodorant is perhaps your best alternative as the availability and choices of these products are becoming easier to find.

Research suggests that aluminum-containing antiperspirants, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and have estrogen-like (hormonal) effects.

“Clinical studies showing a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast together with reports of genomic instability in outer quadrants of the breast provide supporting evidence for a role for locally applied cosmetic chemicals in the development of breast cancer. Aluminum is known to have a genotoxic profile, capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects, and this would be consistent with a potential role in breast cancer if such effects occurred in breast cells.” Darbre PD, Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, The University of Reading, UK

The report goes on to say that aluminum is capable of causing DNA alterations that would be consistent with the potential role in breast cancer if such effects occurred in breast cells. Estrogen overload is a well-established influence in breast cancer and its action.

With the evidence continuing to mount linking aluminum to breast cancer, it’s difficult to ignore the potential dangers. Being informed is your biggest ally and defense. Since you may have been wearing antiperspirants that contain aluminum your whole life, now is a good time to make a switch. Adding thermography is a safer, non-harmful way for you to keep an eye on your breast health.

ThermApproach offers you an added choice when it comes to your breast health. We utilize sophisticated infrared technology and innovative computer software to capture the images in the form of an infrared thermogram, or heat picture.  Before you can feel it, thermal imaging can see it. Please call our office to schedule your screening today.