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EVANSTON, Ill., Jan 24, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Chicago area researcher has found evidence that frequent underarm shaving combined with deodorant may be linked to breast cancer.

New Scientist reported Saturday that Dr. Kris McGrath of Northwestern University divided 437 breast cancer patients into four groups depending on how often they shaved their underarms and applied deodorant. He found that the more zealous the underarm regime, the younger the women were when diagnosed with cancer.

Those who shaved at least three times a week and applied deodorant at least twice a week were almost 15 years younger when diagnosed than women who did neither. Neither shaving nor deodorant use alone was linked with a younger age of diagnosis.

McGrath suspects the aluminum compounds found in many products might be to blame.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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