Using hair relaxers on a regular basis doubles the risk of uterine cancer
A recent study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women who regularly use chemical hair relaxers have a significantly higher uterine cancer risk.
The researchers followed 33,497 women between the ages of 35 and 74 for eleven years.
Out of the participants, 378 came to struggle with uterine cancer. To understand how strong the association between hair relaxers and the disease is, it is important to note that the women who used the products more than four times during the previous year had a 4.05% uterine cancer risk, while those who had never used hair strengthening products had a 1.64% risk.
Over the past decade, uterine cancer incidence has been on the rise, particularly among Black women. They represented approximately 60% of the study’s participants. It should not be surprising, as chemical hair relaxers are usually marketed to Black women, even to children. Therefore, the negative health impact of hair relaxer use may be greater for these women due to the higher prevalence of use. What might be the culprit behind uterine cancer in women who use hair relaxers is the endocrine-disrupting chemicals these products abound in, such as formaldehyde and phthalates. Uterine cancer is often associated with a high estrogen level, and frequent exposure to such chemicals can result in this.
As for endometriosis, it is mostly linked to di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate exposure, a very dangerous phthalate. Nevertheless, other phthalates might be responsible for the disruption of the hormonal system in women who use hair relaxers, such as:
- butyl benzyl phthalate
- di-n-butyl phthalate
- di-n-octyl phthalate
A study from Fertility and Sterility suggests that endocrine-disrupting chemicals may play a role in the development and severity of endometriosis. Researchers discovered that exposure to heavy metals and benzophenone from hair relaxers might increase endometriosis risk. Finally, ovarian cancer, which is also a hormone-dependent cancer, can be the result of using hair strengthening products. Bisphenol A, one of the most common toxic chemicals in hair relaxers, was found to trigger ovarian cancer in women who have a high concentration of it in their bodies. Exposure to bisphenol A can also cause the following diseases, which might be the precursors of ovarian cancer:
- cystic endometrial hyperplasia
- proliferation lesions of the oviduct
- stromal polyps
- atypical hyperplasia
- leiomyomas or adenomyosis
Consequently, there is growing medical evidence supporting a potential causal relation between the use of chemical hair relaxers and uterine cancer, endometriosis, and ovarian cancer. If you regularly use hair strengthening products and have recently been diagnosed with one of these diseases, we strongly advise you to get in touch with our law firm, as we have the necessary resources, experience, and knowledge to determine whether you are eligible to file a claim.
Quality legal services for women affected by toxic hair relaxers
Since 1990, our law firm has been pursuing compensation for toxic exposure victims, also taking up a significant number and variety of defective product cases. Our resourceful legal team has the necessary experience and knowledge to help you find out whether you are eligible to file a toxic hair relaxer claim if you have uterine cancer, endometriosis, or ovarian cancer. All you have to do to initiate the legal process is provide our attorneys with your medical records stating your diagnosis and evidence of your use of these products.
Once we deem you eligible, your claim will be filed with all the liable manufacturers of toxic hair relaxers so that you can obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your suffering. Since we know how overwhelming struggling with cancer can be, our team will do its best to assist you during each step of the legal process and take care of the most complex aspects on your behalf. If you are too ill or have to undergo a medical procedure at any point during the legal process, a family member can step in until you feel better.