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Hair Straightener Cancer Risk
The results of the NIH study  were published on October 17, 2022 after an 11-year study followed 33,497 women between the ages of 35 and 74.
The research indicated that among those using chemical hair straighteners or relaxers at least 4 times over the previous year, the occurrence rate of uterine cancer rose nearly 2.5 times from 1.64% up to 4.05% of participants.
The findings are consistent with prior studies showing straighteners can increase the risk of hormone-related cancers in women, the authors said.
Which Chemicals in Hair Straighteners are Dangerous?
The NIH study found several chemicals in hair straighteners that may contribute to the uterine cancer risk:
- Parabens - A group of chemicals that can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer.
- Bisphenol A (BPA) - Chemical used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics which have been linked to health effects on the brain and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. It can also affect children's behavior.
- Metals - Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminium are exceptionally toxic and are prohibited in cosmetics to be included deliberately as ingredients.
- Formaldehyde - Colorless, strong-smelling chemical that is a highly toxic systemic poison which is absorbed by inhalation.
Unfortunately, manufacturers knew or should have known of prior studies showing their hair relaxer products may increase the risk of hormone-related cancers in women, and specifically uterine fibroids in black women. However, they kept marketing them in an attempt to put profits ahead of public safety.
Lawsuit Alleges L'Oreal Hair Relaxer Caused Uterine Fibroids
A Florida woman is suing L’Oreal alleging that the company's hair relaxer products caused her to develop endometriosis and uterine fibroids, resulting in the need for a uterine myomectomy to remove them.
The suit  was filed on behalf of KeAira Gamble on October 26, 2022, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The complaint names as defendants L’Oreal USA, Inc., Strength of Nature Global, LLC, Soft Sheen/Carson, Inc. and Namaste Laboratories, LLC. Gamble claims these companies were responsible for the development and sale of various toxic hair relaxer products, including Just for Me, Motions, and ORS Olive Oil products.
Gamble joins Jennifer Mitchell, a 32-year-old Missouri woman who a week earlier filed a lawsuit  against L'Oreal and others after she was forced to undergo a total hysterectomy she says was caused by her use of hair relaxers. Product liability lawyers say lawsuits like these could potentially pave the way for the next mass tort class action.
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What are the Symptoms of Uterine Cancer?
There is currently no way to screen for uterine cancer, so it's important that you know what the symptoms of the disease are, particularly if you are at a higher risk due to genetics, lifestyle, or the use of hair relaxers.
Most cases of uterine cancer present through vaginal spotting in postmenopausal women, while in women who are still menstruating, it's heavier bleeding or bleeding between periods. Occasionally, the disease can be picked up on a Pap smear.
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What is Luster's Hair Relaxer?
Luster's Pink Conditioning No Lye Hair Relaxer is designed to provide straightening that lasts for 6-8 weeks until time for new-growth touchup. The product contains conditioning agents including shea butter and olive oil to nourish and help protect hair.
What Should I Do if I'm Using Hair Relaxers?
If you currently use a hair relaxer, dye, or straightener more than 4 times per year, you may want to consider limiting it to 2 or 3 times a year. "We did observe in our study that less frequent use was less strongly associated with risk, so decreasing the frequency of use may be one potential approach," said Alexandra White, PhD, an epidemiologist at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Safety.
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The Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Luster's Hair Relaxer Lawsuits. We handle individual litigation nationwide and accept new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids after using Luster's Hair Relaxer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Luster's Hair Relaxer Lawsuit and our products liability lawyers can help.