Two recent studies from the NIH have linked the use of chemical hair straightener or relaxer to the disproportionately high rate of ovarian and uterine cancer. As a result, a lawsuit has been filed against a companies that produce chemical straightening products, including L’Oreal USA, Inc. and Softsheen-Carson, Inc.
Hair relaxer is a product used to chemically straigten textured hair. They work by breaking down the bonds in curly or wavy hair and re-forming them while the hair is held in a straight position. These productts often include toxic chemicals that have been linked to increased cancer risk. Additionally relaxers are only meant to last 4-6 months, so long-term use is expected and common.
Relaxers and straighteners contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that can have negative effects on the hormone balance in the body. Some of the risks associated to prolonged exposure to EDCs include:
The frequency of use compounds the risk of developing cancer. The study found that people who used it four or more times per year were two and a half times more likely to develop some form of cancer than those who use the products less frequently.
If you believe you or someone you know has developed uterine fibroids or cancer and are a repeated user of hair relaxers or chemical hair straighteners, you can contact Davis Law Group for a free case evaluation. Our office has been helping people fight back against the big corporations that cause harm to the public for nearly thirty years.
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