Ovarian cancer due to toxic hair relaxer

Ovarian cancer due to toxic hair relaxer video

Nearly 20,000 women develop ovarian cancer every year in the U.S. Ovarian cancer is very serious, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. The risk factors for the disease include endometriosis, a faulty gene, diabetes, obesity, tobacco smoking, and not having children. Still, a more obscure contributing factor to ovarian cancer is exposure to chemicals from personal care products such as hair relaxers. Toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A, dibutyl phthalates, and formaldehyde have recently been associated with higher ovarian cancer risk by medical researchers. If you regularly use hair relaxers and have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you should give our attorneys a call, as you might be entitled to compensation from the liable manufacturers. Our legal process is quick and simple, requiring only a few documents from you.

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Exposure to bisphenol A can induce changes in the ovarian anatomy

Bisphenol A is often present in chemical hair relaxers, and the more often a woman uses these products, the more likely she is to be exposed to it. Exposure is associated with various changes in the reproductive system in females, such as benign lesions and ovarian cysts. However, benign lesions might become cancerous over time, leading to ovarian cancer, according to a study from the medical journal Oncology Letters. If present in significant concentrations inside the body, bisphenol A can disrupt the endocrine system. The disturbances in estrogen functions bisphenol A exposure might cause are associated with the occurrence of multiple preneoplastic or neoplastic lesions in females, such as ovarian cancer. Furthermore, bisphenol A exposure can result in polycystic ovarian syndrome, which doubles ovarian cancer risk.

When ovarian cancer is caused by using toxic hair relaxers, it has a latency of 15 to 20 years or shorter. The following subtypes of ovarian cancer might deem a woman eligible to file a claim if she has been using chemical hair straightening products:

  • non-serous (stronger association)
  • serous tumors

Multiple studies have suggested a link between bisphenol A exposure and ovarian cancer, as the chemical mimics the effects of estrogen. Ovarian cancer cells express high levels of estrogen receptors compared with normal or benign ovarian lesion cells. In postmenopausal women, estrogens can induce a greater incidence of ovarian cancer. Since bisphenol A is endocrine-disrupting, being able to trigger the release of high estrogen levels, it has a significant association with ovarian cancer. Bisphenol A induces changes in ovarian morphology and ovulation but also a higher incidence of the following, which might increase ovarian cancer risk:

  • endometriosis
  • cystic endometrial hyperplasia
  • proliferation lesions of the oviduct
  • stromal polyps
  • atypical hyperplasia
  • leiomyomas or adenomyosis

Bisphenol A is the most widespread chemical compound among all endocrine-disrupting chemicals. There is substantial evidence indicating that it plays a negative role in numerous female reproductive system disorders, including ovarian cancer and conditions that increase the risk for it. Other chemicals associated with ovarian cancer lurking in hair strengthening products are parabens, formaldehyde, and phthalates. A study from Toxicological Sciences found that exposure to these chemicals might be responsible for:

  • decreased hormone production
  • ovarian cancer
  • diminished ovarian reserve
  • early pregnancy loss

While dibutyl phthalate is banned by several countries, it continues to be present in many chemical hair relaxers in the U.S. The metabolites of dibutyl phthalate can reach the ovary, and the chemical can disrupt ovarian function by targeting key pathways such as cell cycle progression. This can eventually lead to ovarian cancer. If you frequently use chemical hair relaxers and struggle with ovarian cancer, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Our skilled attorneys will help you determine whether you are eligible to file a toxic hair relaxer claim.

File your toxic hair relaxer claim with our assistance

Regardless of what chemical hair relaxer you used, if you have ovarian cancer, there might be a connection. To find out whether you are eligible to file a claim, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys, who have over 30 years of experience in toxic exposure and defective product cases. We understand that struggling with ovarian cancer can be very overwhelming, which is why our resourceful legal team will strive to take care of the most complex aspects of the process for you.

The only documents we will need from you to assess your case are your medical records and proof of having used chemical hair relaxers, such as receipts. Our attorneys will determine if you are entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers. If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, a family member can step in and help you obtain the money you deserve. Eligible individuals will have a claim filed will all the hair relaxer manufacturers whose products they used.