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Cent Eur J Public Health. 2016 Sep;24(3):245-247. doi: 10.21101/cejph.a4475.

Breast Cancer and Deodorants/Antiperspirants: a Systematic Review.

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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cordoba, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Over the last decade, the possible association between underarm deodorants/ antiperspirants use and breast cancer risk has raised important interest in the scientific community. The objective of our systematic review is to estimate the pooled risk of deodorants/antiperspirants use for breast cancer.

METHODS:

All observational studies that evaluated the association between breast cancer risk and deodorants/antiperspirants use were reviewed. We have only identified two case-control studies, carried out between 2002 and 2006.

RESULTS:

The first study was conducted in USA and investigated the possible relationship between use of products applied for underarm perspiration and the risk for breast cancer in women aged 20-74 years. This population-based case-control study gathered information by in-person interview. The second study was conducted in Iraq and investigated the possible relationship between use of antiperspirants and the risk for breast cancer in women attending a teaching hospital. This study also gathered information by in-person interview. There was no risk of antiperspirants use in the pooled risk (odds ratio 0.40, 95% confidence interval 0.35-0.46).

CONCLUSION:

Our comprehensive search has identified an insufficient number of studies to conduct a quantitative review and obtain reliable results. Further prospective studies are strongly needed.

KEYWORDS:

Cancer; antiperspirants; breast; case-control; cohort; deodorants; meta-analysis; systematic review

PMID:
27755864
DOI:
10.21101/cejph.a4475
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