Hair chemical products- relaxers, permanent dyes, and straightening might increase the risk of cancer

In a recent research study published in a Science Journal, data shows that the use of hair products might increase the risk of hormone-related cancer.

In an editorial section of the journal, it said that the data identified the products use for permanent hair dyes, chemical relaxers and straightening products may contain hazardous chemicals.

In this issue of the Journal, scientists examined the associations of recent personal use of 5 types of hair dye products (permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary dyes and bleach and highlights) and 2 types of products used to alter the hair’s natural texture (chemical relaxers and straighteners or pressing products and permanent texturizers and body wave products) with risk of endometrial cancer, uterine sarcoma, or other types of uterine cancer.

In the latest study, scientists presented the data on the hair products affecting uterine cancer published in the same journal.

Uterine cancer is one of the most common gynecologic cancers.

The findings in the investigation result that 378 uterine cancer cases were identified from more than 33,000 participants aged 35-74 years old who joined the study. The research was conducted for almost 11 years following up on the participants in the use of their hair products.

The study concludes that the findings are the first epidemiologic evidence of an association between the use of straightening products and uterine cancer.

 

Reference:

https://academic.oup.com/jnci/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djac165/6759686?searchresult=1