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    Some deodorants contain estrogen

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      ChicagoSandy, TX so much. I really know better than to believe without researching. You have put me back on the right path again. Thank you for info. Merry Christmas. Lorie

      3 months ago
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      Merry Christmas to you too, Lorie.

      I think the confusion about underarm deodorants & antiperspirants arises from three things: first, we're advised to come to our mammograms with pristine 'pits so that the breast & adjacent tissue can be clearly visualized, and the antiperspirant specks in the axillary pores can be mistaken on film for calcifications; second, the skin of the armpit is quite sensitive (even if it seems numb) especially after having been cut, and until the SNB or ALND incision has fully healed, easily irritated by fragrances in deodorant and the aluminum salts in antiperspirants; and third, if irradiated it can be further irritated by applying underarm products other than a light dusting of cornstarch to absorb sweat (assuming our axillae still perspire--it can sometimes take months before we begin to sweat again). It is important to wash away the cornstarch at least daily, because it is plant-based and nutritive, and susceptible to mold, and is therefore a potential culture medium for fungal infections.

      Because all these things are related to breast cancer surgery, it is easy to jump to the fallacious conclusion that somehow the stuff causes breast cancer. (The NYTimes had an excellent article warning us to acquire or keep up our "medical literacy" as we age--a combination of cognitive decline, not being informed medical consumers in our youth, imperious and brusque doctors who assume every patient knows the acronyms and reads medical journal articles or abstracts as opposed to sensational distillations of scientific news by lay writers, and just plain "information fatigue").

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      information fatigue!!! The terminology is priceless and I'll use it when someone, usually a doctor, sounds like he/she is verbalizing info they learned in medical school and probably use on lots of patients. I might add the word "textbook" in front. Thanks again for all the info

      3 months ago
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