Study Links Hair Relaxer & Hair Straighteners to Uterine Cancer Risk
An October 2022 study  conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found a link between the use of hair relaxers and the occurrence of uterine cancer in women.
According to the researchers, women who used chemical hair straighteners, also known as relaxers, more than 4 times during the previous year were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer during the course of the nearly 11-year study.
“Hazardous chemicals” identified in the report included those that are endocrine-interrupting and/or carcinogenic, which could be responsible for the link to increased uterine cancer occurrence.
Exposure to these substances “could be more concerning than other personal care products due to increased absorption through the scalp which may be exacerbated by burns and lesions caused by straighteners,” the researchers said
The findings are of particular concern for black women, who use relaxers and hair straighteners at a higher rate than other women. Roughly three-fifths of respondents who said they used chemical relaxers frequently were black women.
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Chicago Lawsuit Alleges Hair Straightener Caused Cancer
Plaintiff Jenny Mitchell, who is now 32, claims that she was exposed to phthalates and endocrine-disrupting chemicals in hair care products from L’Oreal USA Inc. and L’Oreal USA Products Inc., Strength of Nature Global LLC, Soft Sheen Carson (W.I.) Inc., Dabur International Ltd., Dabur USA Inc., and Namaste Laboratories, directly and proximately leading to her uterine cancer diagnosis.
Phtalates and EDCs in Hair Relaxers
Many hair relaxer and hair straightener products contain EDCs and phthalates, which are chemicals that are known to damage DNA and increase the risk of breast cancer, prostate, testicular, endometrial, and uterine cancer. They also interfere with hormone function, causing early puberty and infertility.
Are Hair Relaxers Regulated by the FDA?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires hair relaxer manufacturers to list the active ingredient on the label; however, the agency does not require these companies to disclose what else is in the product. Manufacturers often include preservatives that may increase the risk of breast and uterine cancer.
What is the Creme of Nature Hair Relaxer?
Creme of Nature with Argan Oil is a straightening no-lye relaxer that is infused with Certified Organic Argan Oil from Morocco. The product is intended to be used on relaxed hair to achieve styles such as two-strand twists.
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Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids after using Creme of Nature Hair Relaxer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Creme of Nature Hair Relaxer Lawsuit and our product liability lawyers can help.