Why no deo during mammograms?

United States
August 25, 2008 1:13pm CST
they always tell you to not wear deodorant during a mammogram but WHY?? is it because deodorant contains aluminum?? i always wear it then use their wipes to wipe it off and then bring mine to put on after the test since i feel gross without it but do the wipes really work good enough?? obviously they trust them but still.. does anyone know why this is a no-no??
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
25 Aug 08
I think its because an ingredient used in deodorants interferes with how the test is done if you are wearing it.
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• United States
27 Aug 08
i just hope those wipies they have really work since i have had to keep having them done for 3 years now.. although today i was told this was my last one yay!!
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• United States
27 Aug 08
the last one till i have problems or 40.. just thought i may needed to add that lol
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 Aug 08
Thats awesome. I should probably take the time to find out if i need one or not but..not this week!
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• Canada
26 Aug 08
I think it's just another chemical, or something, and that they want the body to be clean of any outside substances, for whatever reason. Deo always leaves something behind, and they probably want to keep the machines clean. I have never had a mammogram, but I would imagine it has something to do with keeping their machines clean and running smoothly.
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• United States
27 Aug 08
well as far as clean they would have to clean them between anyways so im guessing chemicals
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
26 Aug 08
All I could find while doing a search was that they "interfere with the test". I saw something about aluminum chloride in antiperspirants, so that could be it. They also make you remove any metals from that area, too. So, just the proximity of the metals could throw off the test results. I would hate to think I might have cancer just because I was wearing deodorant that day! It's really ironic that I came across this post when I did because tomorrow (Tuesday) I have a mammogram scheduled. I don't wanna go!!!!! Honestly, I don't even think about the deodorant issue because I'm too busy dreading the squishing part of it! OUCH!!!!!!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
27 Aug 08
Yep, it feels like your skin is going to split wide open and be pulled off! Men have no idea! I've told my husband it's like having his two, umm... you know... put in a vice and squished. He winced and said he understood.
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