A recent Swiss study published in September in the journal International Journal of Molecular Sciences about the possible link between the presence of aluminum salts found in deodorants and breast cancer has been talked about. However, according to Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, director of the breast cancer clinic at the MUHC, there is nothing to worry about.
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“I would like to reassure people that there have been a lot of studies published on the relationship between aluminum in deodorants and breast cancer,” he notes. “Yes, we have this study published in Switzerland, but there are many studies that have not shown a link, so I would tell you that at this point, it is certain that as a doctor or specialist, you wouldn’t tell women to be afraid of that. ”
If it is not caused by the aluminum in the deodorant, breast cancer can be triggered by several factors.
First, genetics cause roughly 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases.
For 90% of women, the causes of the disease are therefore not genetic.
There are things that relate to the diagnosis of cancer, such as postmenoposis hormones.
In addition, women who have a child after the age of 30 are at greater risk.
“You can be exposed to a very long period of non-stop menstruation which will stimulate the breasts, and therefore possibly cause cancer,” he explains.
The good news is that breast cancer is being treated better and better, according to Dr Meterrisian.
“A woman who will come today with breast cancer, her chances of recovery are 90%, so we have made a lot of progress,” he notes.
“Even in metastatic cancer, we now have treatments that will prolong the lives of patients. We have a lot of patients with metastases in the bones who will live even decades with stable tumors, ”he says.
Dr Meterrissian recommends that women have a mammogram at age 50 if there is no history of breast cancer in their family
“On the other hand, if you have a first degree connection like a mother or sister who had cancer, you have to go 10 years before the youngest member of your family,” warns Dr Meterrisian. “For example, if your mother had cancer at age 50, you need to have a mammogram at age 40.”
On October 19, with the founding of the MUHC, Dr. Meterrisian will dye his hair pink and then shave it.
“It’s symbolic,” says Dr Meterrisian. “When you tell a patient that they are going to have chemo, their first question is, ‘Am I going to lose my hair?’, So I never lost my hair. If my patients can do it, I will. ”
The funds will be used to improve access to professionals, such as psychologists or nutritionists, to patients.
As of Thursday, the organization had reached $ 110,000, but needs more funds.
“We need $ 150,000, $ 175,000, so we’re going to hope to hit that next Wednesday,” says Dr Meterrisian.
People who want to give to the cause can do so on the MUHC website.