Chemical Hair Relaxer Uterine Cancer Lawsuits
A study conducted by the National Institute of Health conducted by Alexandra White has shown that hair straightening and relaxing products are linked to the development of uterine cancer in Myrtle Beach as well as the rest of the US. This study followed more than 33,000 women over 11 years to determine whether or not chemicals in women’s hair products could be linked to the development of uterine cancer. The study concluded that women who have claimed to use hair relaxing or straightening products at least 4 times in the previous year are at double the risk of developing uterine cancer in the future. In addition to formaldehyde, metals, phthalates, and parabens, chemical straighteners often contain products that are associated with higher cancer risks, which could be more readily absorbed by the body through scalp burns and abrasions caused by the chemical treatments.
Women who use hair relaxers or straightening products are exposing themselves to harmful chemicals by breathing them in and applying them to their hair and scalp. Over time the chemicals in these products leach into the skin and body and accumulate as they are inhaled and absorbed through the skin.
This article discusses:
- What Are Chemical Relaxers & Straighteners?
- What Products To Avoid
- How Do Chemical Relaxers & Straighteners Cause Cancer?
- Contact A Product Liability Lawyer At Lovely Law Firm
However, the government has done nothing to stop women from being exposed to these dangerous chemicals. There is currently no regulation or stoppage of the use of these dangerous chemicals in women’s hair care products. Women across the nation are increasingly being diagnosed with uterine cancer. In fact, uterine cancer accounts for 3.5% of all cancer cases, with 66,570 estimated uterine cancer diagnoses in 2021 alone.
The blatant disregard companies have for the future health of their customers is disrespectful and borders on the side of racism. Black women commonly use chemical straighteners and relaxers for their hair more than any other population. Coincidentally, uterine cancer rates and deaths are on the rise and the highest among non-Hispanic black women. Non-Hispanic black women are also at an increased risk to be afflicted with aggressive subtypes of uterine cancer, according to the National Institute of Health sister study that tracked 34,000 women for more than a decade. It’s easy to see how little hygiene and women’s product manufacturers care about women of color.
Many consumers of chemical hair relaxers and hair straightening products assume that they are safe because they are on the shelf. However, this is not the case, and many hygiene and beauty products are not regulated. Hygiene and beauty products companies know that consumers have put blind faith in them and have long taken advantage of this. Now, it is time to hold companies, such as L’Oreal, accountable for their blatant disregard for POC and women’s health. The Lovely Law Firm knows the importance of holding companies and other entities accountable for their egregious negligence. Our hard work obtaining compensation for Camp Lejeune victims highlights this. While it has long been known that many beauty product companies do not care what chemicals they use in their products, that doesn’t mean we cannot hold them responsible. With the introduction of information found in the NIH study conducted by Alexandra White, The Lovely Law Firm can now assist women in obtaining the compensation they deserve, and hold companies accountable for their use of cancer-causing chemicals. Our product liability attorneys near you are always able to answer questions and help.
What Are Chemical Relaxers & Hair Straighteners – Who Uses Them?
It can be challenging for women with curly, coily, kinky, or wavy hair types to achieve silky, smooth, and frizz-free straight hair during the hot summer months. Due to societal inputs and prejudicial viewpoints, many women of color feel as if they must straighten their hair in order to fit into society, increase their odds of landing a job and avoid bullying.
Hair blowouts will not suffice, as the humidity and weather ensure they won’t last long. In addition to keeping fuzzy hair at bay and fitting into society, chemical straighteners and relaxers can semi-permanently smooth and straighten coily, curly, wavy, and kinky hair. Through the use of relaxers, the hair strands can be physically manipulated and rearranged by breaking the disulfide bonds within them. In spite of the fact that chemical straighteners are effective until the hair grows out, they can be very damaging to a woman’s hair, and expose them to toxic chemicals on a regular basis.
Typically, women with kinky, coily, wavy, or curly hair that wish to make their hair straight are the main consumers of chemical hair relaxers and straighteners. With that being said, research suggests that around 75% of all black women use some sort of chemical hair straightener and relaxer, which makes them the biggest group of consumers for chemical relaxers and straighteners.
What Hair Relaxer & Hair Straightener Products Should I Avoid?
Since the NIH study was first released, there have been lawsuits filed against various companies that manufacture and produce chemical relaxers and straighteners. Recently, a L’oreal lawsuit has been filed as well as a lawsuit against Ors hair relaxer. Additionally, while no longer on the market after reports of hair loss in the late 90s, Rio hair relaxer lawsuits have been filed as well.
A list of the brands and ingredients in the hair products used by the women in the NIH study was not collected by researchers. According to the study, parabens, bisphenol A, metals, and formaldehyde are among the chemicals found in straightens that may contribute to the increased risk of uterine cancer. Hair products, such as straighteners and relaxers, may pose a greater threat than other personal care products because they are more absorbed through the scalp, and are inhaled during the application process.
Typically, it is recommended to discontinue the use of all brands of chemical hair relaxers and straighteners, as they all have the same chemical components. If there are any questions about specific brands or types of chemical hair relaxers, our dedicated and hard-working
How Do Chemical Hair Relaxers & Straighteners Cause Uterine Cancer?
A woman’s reproductive system and breasts are affected by the specific chemicals that spread through their bloodstream in chemical hair straighteners and relaxers. The effects of these products on a woman’s health have been the subject of several research studies.
The use of chemical hair straighteners and relaxers has been linked with an increased risk of uterine fibroids in one of the earliest studies where 23,000 premenopausal women of all races and ethnicities were studied from 1997 to 2009. With 7,000 black women diagnosed with uterine fibroids, the study concluded that black women have a 2 to 3 times higher risk of uterine fibroids.
A uterine fibroid is a noncancerous tumor that can develop inside or outside the uterus. While fibroids do not always cause symptoms, when they do, symptoms may include heavy menstrual bleeding, back pain, frequent urination, and discomfort during sexual activity. There is often no need to treat small fibroids, but larger fibroids can be treated with medication or surgery. In some instances, uterine fibroids can become so large that they cause the uterus to touch the rib cage.
However, before the recent study published by the NIH, chemicals such as parabens, formaldehyde, bisphenol A, and many others were known to cause cancer. Science clearly indicates that these chemicals are harmful to health, and they should not be included in chemical straightening and relaxing treatments, or any other hygiene and beauty product.
Contact The Lovely Law Firm For More Information
If you have used chemical straighteners or relaxers and have been diagnosed with uterine cancer, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, as well as pain and suffering. Just like with mesothelioma victims, those who have developed uterine cancer due to an unknown exposure to harmful chemicals, victims deserve compensation for their medical bills as well as their pain and suffering. Companies such as L’Oreal, Ors, Strength of Nature, Soft Sheen Carson, Dabur International, and many more are starting to be held accountable by their consumers. No longer will women of the United States allow companies to use harmful and cancer-causing chemicals that put consumers at risk without having to pay for it.
Our experienced product liability lawyers near you are here to help. We understand the impact this diagnosis can have on your life and are dedicated to holding those responsible accountable. If you would like to learn more about the chemical hair relaxer and straightener lawsuits coming to light, we cover the topic on our Carolina Justice Report podcast. Don’t wait, contact us today for a free consultation and learn more about your legal options. Together, we can fight for justice and get you the compensation you deserve.
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