Making the link between chemicals and cancer

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Letters Default 2013

With the high incidence of breast cancer and other types of cancer among men and women, people should be aware of the danger of using certain brands of underarm deodorant and hairsprays.

Most deodorants and hairsprays have toxins and chemicals that when applied to the human skin can be carried through the pores to different areas of the body.

As we know, the lymph nodes and breast are located near the armpits. After five to 25 years of use of these chemicals (deodorants), perhaps we have a possible cause of cancer.

With billions of dollars spent around the world every year for a cure, perhaps we have one of the answers for the cause.

Mike Simon

St. John's

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  • Tony Rockel
    September 12, 2013 - 12:35

    One of the problems with that suggestion, Mike, is that the lymphatic channels drain away from the breasts and into the armpits, so it would be difficult for the "toxins" you mention to go directly to the breasts. Anything that gets into the lymphatics, if it's able to get through the lymph nodes, will end up entering the bloodstream via the lymphatic ducts that flow into the great veins inside the chest. Which chemicals are you referring to, btw?