Previous research suggested that chemical hair straightening products are associated with an increased risk of certain hormone-related cancers, breast and ovarian cancers being the most notable. Now, a new study by in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) has linked the use of chemical hair straighteners to an increased risk in uterine cancer, and Black females may be affected at a higher rate due to their higher usage the study noted.
The study found that out of women who had not used chemical hair straightening products in the last 12 months, only 1.6% developed uterine cancer by the age of 70. However, approximately 4% of women who frequently use chemical hair straightening products developed uterine cancer by the age of 70. The fact that uterine cancer is so rare, the doubling of its risk raises concern. Chandra Jackon, an author of the study and researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) stated, "In this study, women with frequent use in the past year had an over two-fold higher risk of uterine cancer.” Using chemical hair straighteners more than four times a year was defined as frequent.
If you used chemical hair straightening products and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer or suffered any other any other adverse health effects from chemical hair straightening products, contact lawyer Timothy L. Miles to see if you may be eligible for a chemical hair straightener lawsuit and possibly be entitled to significant compensation.
Read on for answers to five frequently asked questions about a chemical hair straightener lawsuit.
What Is the Problem with Chemical Hair Straightening Products?
Previous studies have shown that some widely used chemicals in hair straightening products disrupt the endocrine system, which is responsible for messaging chemicals in our bodies that connect hormones to their target organs. In the past, Uterine cancer has been linked to an excess of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, and numerous hair products can mimic these natural hormones and bind to the receptor.
Four years ago, researchers found endocrine disrupting chemicals in 18 chemical hair products they tested. More troublesome was the finding that 84% of the chemicals identified were not listed on product labels and 11 of the products were prohibited under the European Union's Cosmetics Directive or regulated by California law. Today, U.S. regulations mandate testing for estrogen receptor activity only when it comes to pesticides and drinking water contaminants. Chemical hair products, on the other hand, are not regulated.
A 2019 study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that permanent hair dye and straightening chemicals are associated with a higher risk of breast cancer, particularly among black females who use these treatments more regularly. A follow-up study in 2021 found that permanent hair dye and straightening chemicals are also associated with a higher risk of ovarian cancer.
Who Had the Most Pronounced Cancer Risk?
The study data also showed that the link between chemical hair straightening products and uterine cancer cases was most pronounced for Black females. While they made up only 7.4% of the study participants, 59.9% of those who reported ever using straighteners. Thus, the exposure among black females appears higher. Based on prior studies and literature, it is well known that hair products marketed directly to Black children and women have been shown to contain multiple chemicals known to disrupt hormones and these same products marketed to Black females also contain a harsher chemical formulation.
Chandra Jackson, an author of the study, also stated we know that Black women tend to use multiple products simultaneously, which could contribute to Black women on average having higher concentrations of these hormone-disrupting chemicals in their system.”
How Do I Know if I am Eligible for a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit?
If you used chemical hair straightener and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer or suffered any other any other serious adverse health effects from chemical hair straightener, then you may be eligible for a chemical hair straightener lawsuit and possibly be entitled to substantial compensation.
Call Chemical Hair Straightener Lawyer Timothy L. Miles today and see if you are eligible for a chemical hair straightener lawsuit.
What Can I Get Out of a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit?
If you are eligible for a chemical hair straightener lawsuit, successful plaintiff is entitled to compensatory damages which would include compensation for things such as:
If your case proceeds to trial it is also possible the court could impose punitive damages, intended to punish the defendant for their actions.
What Can a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawyer Do for Me?
First, a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawyer can determine if you meet the are eligible for a chemical hair straightener lawsuit. More importantly, because of the complexity of the cases and the need to hire experts, a products liability attorney is the go-to attorney when you have been injured by a product that is defective. A Chemical Hair Straightener Lawyer, who is an experienced products liability attorney, can help you by putting you in the best possible position to win your chemical hair straightener cancer lawsuit and recover the most compensation.
Call a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawyer Today and see if You Are Eligible for a Chemical Hair Straighterner Lawsuit
If you used chemical hair straightening products and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer, contact lawyer Timothy L. Miles to see if you may be eligible for a chemical hair straightener lawsuit and possibly be entitled to significant compensation.
Timothy L. Miles, Esq.
Timothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles was recently selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2022 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2022 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2022 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association, a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019). Mr. Miles has published over sixty articles on various issues of the law, including class actions, whistleblower cases, products liability, and more. Please visit our website.
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