Sunday, August 6, 2023

the link between a hair straightener and cancer

A new study from the National Institutes of Health found that women who used chemical hair straightening products were at higher risk for uterine cancer.The Sister Study included 33,497 U.S. women ages 35-74 who were followed for almost 11 years. Women who reported frequent use of hair straightening products were more than twice as likely to go on to develop uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products.Approximately 60% of self-identified Black women reported using straighteners in the previous year, and the study found that the adverse health effects may be greater for Black women due to higher prevalence of use.The findings are consistent with prior studies showing that straighteners can increase the risk of hormone-related cancers in women. The researchers did not collect information on brands or ingredients in the hair products the women used.Researchers found a link between straightener use and uterine cancer. They also found that permanent hair dye and straighteners may increase breast and ovarian cancer risk.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation's medical research agency and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.


1 comment:

  1. Scary to think about but intriguing as well. I see that its more common in black women and im interested on the reasoning?