Studies Link Chemical Hair Products to Increased Cancer Risk
An October 2022 study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)  highlights growing concerns about the safety of chemicals in hair straighteners and hair relaxers, linking the products to an increased risk for uterine cancer in certain women.
The study included a cohort of 33,497 women in the United States between the ages of 35-74 who participated in the Sister Study , which seeks to identify risk factors for breast cancer and other health conditions. The participants were followed for nearly 11 years, and during that time at least 378 uterine cancer cases were diagnosed among the cohort.
That research followed a 2019 study published in the International Journal of Cancer  which identified a potential link between hair straighteners and hair dyes and the development of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Over an 8-year period, the researchers found 2,794 cases of breast cancer in women who used chemical hair straighteners. They determined that women who frequently used hair straightener products (at least every 5 to 8 weeks) had a 30% increased risk of developing breast cancer.
The researchers concluded that black women who reported using permanent hair dyes regularly were linked to a 60% increase of breast cancer diagnosis, compared to an 8% increased risk for white women.
Woman Claims Hair Relaxers Caused Uterine Cancer
A Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit  against L’Oréal and 5 other cosmetic manufacturers alleging that their hair-straightening products caused her to develop uterine cancer.
The complaint alleges that Plaintiff Jenny Mitchell’s cancer “was directly and proximately caused by her regular and prolonged exposure to phthalates and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in defendants’ hair care products.”
Mitchell was diagnosed with cancer in August 2018, at the age of 28, and was forced to undergo a hysterectomy a month after the diagnosis.
“At that time, at the age of 28, my dreams of becoming a mother were gone,” Mitchell said.
What is Soft & Beautiful Hair Relaxer?
Soft & Beautiful Regular No-Lye Sensitive Scalp Relaxer is formulated to provide relaxing and straightening to curly hair. The product contains 5 emollients and emulsifiers which create a layer of protection during relaxing.
Did Manufacturers Know About the Risks of Hair Relaxers?
Studies have reported for years about the link between chemical hair relaxers and hormonal cancers, like ovarian cancer and breast cancer. The companies that make hair straighteners may claim they were unaware that their products could cause cancer; however, these manufacturers should have known about the studies linking their hair products to hormonal cancers.
Knowing the risks and continuing to produce and market a product known to be harmful could make these cosmetic companies liable to users who were injured.
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Do I Qualify for a Lawsuit?
If you used chemical hair straighteners or hair relaxers and were subsequently diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. An experienced lawyer familiar with these cases can help you determine the appropriate legal option for your situation.
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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 Soft & Beautiful 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 Soft & Beautiful Hair Relaxer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Soft & Beautiful Hair Relaxer Lawsuit and our products liability lawyers can help.