Alberta Cancer Foundation

Put the Stink on Cancer

Well, at least it can smell a little sweeter now.

Breast cancer patients have long been instructed to avoid antiperspirant, the wisdom being it could increase damage to the skin caused by radiation therapy. Donna Gies, a radiation oncology nurse at the Tom Baker Centre in Calgary decided to look into it further.

She led a study that concluded in 2010, monitoring nearly 200 breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy – half used antiperspirant and nurses monitoring their skin found no difference between the two groups.

It’s a study that’s strong enough for a man.

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