Hair relaxer cancer
Hair relaxant home-kit users, salon owners, stylists, distributors and other individuals involved in the hair care industry may be suffering from cancer or other serious illness due to long-term hair relaxant exposure. The experienced lawyers at Sommers Schwartz can help.
How Do EDCs in Hair Relaxants Increase the Risk of Cancer and Illnesses?
Certain chemicals have been found to heighten uterine cancer risk, including bisphenol A, metallics, and formaldehyde. Hair relaxers also contain carcinogenic compounds, including parabens and phthalates like DEHP (Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate), which can hijack the endocrine system by blocking or imitating hormones. These compounds are often referred to as hormonally active or endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
Women typically begin using hair relaxants during adolescence when exposure to EDCs can be particularly damaging to girls’ development. While relaxers can cause burns and lesions, damage to the skin can also increase the body’s absorption of these toxic chemicals, further increasing the possibility of cancer over the long term. Makers of no-lye relaxers advertise that they cause fewer scalp lesions and burns than lye relaxers, but there is little evidence to support this claim.
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Uterine Cancer: Black women who frequently use hair relaxants have one of the highest incidence rates and are more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer as white women.
A study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in October 2022 found that women who use chemical hair straightening or relaxing products have a higher risk of contracting uterine cancer. The research estimated that nearly 1.64% of women who never used chemical hair straighteners or relaxers would develop uterine cancer by age 70. That percentage more than doubles to 4.05% for regular relaxant users.
Breast Cancer: Research published in Oxford University’s Carcinogenesis Journal indicates Black women who used lye-based hair relaxants a minimum of seven times per year for at least 15 years had a roughly 30 percent greater chance of developing breast cancer than less-frequent users.
Also, an eight-year National Institutes of Health study discovered a link between hair relaxants and breast cancer. Of the 46,000 women between the ages of 35 and 74 and across all races, the risk of breast cancer in Black women who used hair relaxants rose by 45 percent.
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L’Oréal and other manufacturers have known that DEHP and EDCs increase the risk of uterine cancer, breast cancer, and other reproductive issues since at least 2015. Still, they continue aggressively marketing these products to their predominantly African American client base.
Are you a hair relaxant home-kit user, salon owner, stylist, haircare sales representative, or beauty supply store owner or employee? Do you suspect long-term hair relaxant use is to blame for your uterine cancer or another serious illness? The experienced lawyers at Sommers Schwartz can help.
Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation about your case and potential compensation for your medical expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and lost wages.