Hair dyes and straighteners linked to uterine cancer.
According to a recent study on journal of the national cancer institute ,hair dyes and straighteners have been linked to cause uterine cancer.
The report stated that black women are at a higher risk because they use straightening products at a very young ages, in high rates and use higher concentrations.
Alexander White the author stated,”We estimated that 1.64 per cent of women who never used hair straighteners would go on to develop uterine cancer by the age of 70; but for frequent users, that risk goes up to 4.05 per cent.”
Alexander in his study stated that those who used hair chemicals more than four times in the previous year , exposed themselves to uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products.
33,497 women took part in Alexandar’s study. After 11 years, 378 were diagnosed with cancer.
Alexander stated,”This doubling rate is concerning. However, it is important to put this information into context – uterine cancer is a relatively rare type of cancer.”
The research cited that most of the hair products contain chemical including parabens, bisphenol A, metals, and formaldehyde.
Parabens are a group of chemicals that keep mold and bacteria from growing in beauty products.
However, In the body parabens can act like the hormone estrogen, therefore fueling dangerous cell growth.
Alexander added,” To our knowledge, this is the first epidemiologic study that examined the relationship between straightener use and uterine cancer.”
“More research is needed to confirm these findings in different populations to determine if hair products contribute to health disparities in uterine cancer and to identify the specific chemicals that may be increasing the risk of cancers in women,” he added.
In 2021 ,this same group of researchers found an association between permanent hair dye and straightening chemicals with a higher risk of ovarian cancer.