Bad Armpit Odor Predicts Breast Cancer Risk

Jun 03, 2009
Women, having unpleasant armpit odor and wet and viscous earwax, may need to check themselves for breast cancer, a new study suggests.

Japanese scientists found that breast cancer gene causes such symptoms as excessive armpit odor and wet and sticky earwax.

Toshihisa Ishikawa, a professor from the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the leading researcher said that the findings could help women identify early signs of breast cancer to get treatment as soon as possible.

Researchers studied the activity of the protein produced by the ABCC11 gene, associated with breast cancer.  Ishikawa and his colleagues expressed the ABCC11 gene and variant proteins in artificially grown human embryonic cell of the kidney and analyzed various connections between the cells and the molecules of this gene. They discovered that this gene produces the bad armpit smell and wet-like earwax.

The results of the study could be helpful for both specialists and people to estimate their risk of breast cancer.

The study was published in the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal.