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Uterine Cancer & Hair Straighteners: A Critical Look (2024)

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Rae Fitzgerald


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Did you use chemical hair relaxers for an extended period of time? If you subsequently developed uterine cancer, hair straighteners may be the reason why. New research suggests that long-time use of chemical hair relaxers may increase the risk of developing uterine cancer, particularly among postmenopausal women.

This finding is a critical contribution to an already significant body of work on the potential dangers of chemical-laden hair straightening products. Uterine cancer lawsuits, which have already been filed by the thousands, will need to demonstrate the connection between uterine cancer and hair straighteners to prevail.

Evaluating the Link Between Hair Straighteners and Cancer

New research is still emerging on the possible effects of chemical hair straighteners. For now, the causal link between hair straighteners and uterine cancer seems to be the strongest, but it’s not the only type of cancer associated with chemical hair relaxers. Studies indicate that using hair straighteners may contribute to the development of the following:

  1. Uterine cancer

    A diagnosis of uterine cancer may result in the largest type of hair relaxer lawsuit payout. According to a 2023 study, long-term chemical hair relaxer use increases risk of developing uterine cancer in postmenopausal women.

  2. Endometrial cancer

    Endometrial cancer is a subtype of uterine cancer. Researchers in a 2022 study further divide endometrial cancer into type I and type II, according to the symptoms with which they present. The study indicates a stronger link between type I endometrial cancer and hair relaxers than type II.

  3. Ovarian cancer

    Research conducted in a 2021 study suggests that frequent use of hair relaxers is associated with a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.

  4. Breast cancer

    In a 2020 study, researchers found that women who used hair straighteners or applied them to others in the 12 months before participating in the study had a much higher risk of breast cancer.

These cancers, while distinct, have something in common: They may each be caused by exposure to certain harmful chemicals, namely endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors, including formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, and more, can interfere with the body’s hormones and result in cancer.

Join a Uterine Cancer Hair Straighteners Lawsuit

If you developed uterine cancer after using chemical hair straighteners, you may be eligible for compensation. The legal journey toward justice is long, but you don’t have to do it alone. Contact Consumer Shield to speak with a compassionate consumer advocate about your legal options today.

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