If you used hair straightener products and suffered hair straightener side effects, contact hair straightener lawyer Timothy L. Miles today
Previous research suggested that hair straightener products and other products for straightened hair 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 hair straightener products to an increased risk in uterine cancer, and Black females may be affected at a higher rate due to their higher usage of hair straightener products the study noted.
These finding are hardly surprising given the dangerous chemicals used in hair straightener products, including cyclosiloxanes, formaldehyde, parabens, diethanolamine, sodium hydroxide, phthalates, triclosan and benzophenone-3. Read on to learn more about the dangers of each of these chemicals used in hair straightener products.
If you used hair straightener products or other products for straightened hair and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer or breast cancer or suffered any other hair straightener side effects from hair straightener products, contact hair straightener lawyer Timothy L. Miles to see if you may be eligible for a hair straightener lawsuit and possibly be entitled to significant compensation.
THE DANGEROUS CHEMICALS USED IN HAIR STRAIGHTENER PRODUCTS
Chemicals used in hair straightener products include cyclosiloxanes, formaldehyde, parabens, diethanolamine, sodium hydroxide, phthalates, triclosan and benzophenone-3. These chemicals have all been linked to causing a higher risk of health problems including cancer, fibroids and endometriosis. Most hair straightener products release formaldehyde gas, a known human carcinogen as classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, into the air during the hair straightener process.
Below is a synopsis of the dangers of each of these chemicals used in hair straightener products.
According to the FDA, Formaldehyde exposure can cause both short- and long-term effects that may impact your health. The FDA also states that exposure to formaldehyde is dangerous because when it is released into the air and is present in air at levels exceeding 0.1 ppm, it can cause serious irritation of your eyes, nose, and lungs, as well as causing skin sensitivity or allergic dermatitis. The greater the exposure to products that contain formaldehyde such as hair straightener products, the greater the risk for potential health problems.
People who have experienced formaldehyde exposure have suffered the following reactions:
Chronic effects associated with formaldehyde can include:
Sodium hydroxide, also referred to caustic soda or lye s a common ingredient in cleaners, soaps, detergents, and liquid drain cleaners. Sodium hydroxide is a very dangerous substance that can cause severe burns to the eyes, skin, digestive system or lungs, resulting in permanent damage or death.
Cyclosiloxanes are basic members of the broad family of silicone materials. A study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to examine to toxicity of cyclosiloxanes found that it produced fatal liver and lung damage in mice.
Diethanolamine is corrosive and contact can irritate and burn the skin, eyes and cause possible eye damage. It is used in specialty textiles, weed killers, detergents, shampoos, paints and metal-working fluids. Inhaling diethanolamine can irritate the nose and throat causing coughing and wheezing. Expose to diethanolamine cause also cause headaches, nausea, and vomiting, and may affect the liver and kidneys. Diethanolamine is listed on the Special Health Hazard Substance List. Diethanolamine is also one of the primary feedstocks (substances used to produce other substances) for the production of glyphosate, a pesticide which is a component of Roundup.
According to the FDA, some short-term animal studies have shown that exposure to high doses of triclosan is associated with a decrease in the levels of some thyroid hormones. An ongoing study is investigating the potential of developing skin cancer after a long-term exposure to triclosan in animals. Triclosan has also has been linked to disrupted hormonal development, a reduction in bacterial resistance and an increase in allergies. Additionally, according to the Australian Department of Health, it can also irritate the eyes and skin. Some hospitals have stopped using sanitizing products containing Triclosan. Triclosan is among the seven most frequently detected compounds in streams and it has even been detected in the urine and breast milk of large portions of the population.
Wearing products that contain Benzophenone-3 has resulted in a skin allergy or photo allergy, a skin reaction that occurs with exposure to sunlight. Benzophenone-3 has also been shown to cause weak hormonal activity in laboratory animals. Furthermore, according to the NIH, “Studies show that BP-3, after topical application, can penetrate into bloodstream, blood-brain barrier and blood-placental barrier and may induce the reproductive toxicity and abnormal development of the foetus, endocrine system disruption and neurotoxicity in experimental animal models.”
Phthalates are detrimental to the reproductive, neurological, and developmental systems of human from multiple exposure pathways. According to the NIH, “Phthalates, as endocrine-disrupting chemicals and SVOCs, are detrimental to the reproductive, neurological, and developmental systems of human from multiple exposure pathways. Children are at a higher level of exposure and more vulnerable to phthalates.” Many phthalates are banned and restricted in multiple countries.
Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as artificial preservatives in cosmetic and body care products since the 1920s. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), “The concern with these chemicals is that scientific studies suggest that parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer. They can also cause skin irritation. Moreover, studies have detected parabens in nearly all urine samples taken from adults in the U.S., regardless of demographic.” The EWG concluded that “Given the endocrine disruption capacity and documented female and male reproductive harm, coupled with the potential for repeated lifelong exposure, it is clear that long-chain parabens (isobutyl-, butyl-, isopropyl- and propylparaben) should not be used in personal care or cosmetic products.”
SHOULD I REPORT ANY SIDE EFFECTS I SUFFERED FROM HAIR STRAIGHTENER PRODUCTS?
Yes, the FDA is encouraging people who had a bad reaction from hair straightener products to report your symptoms to your health care provider and to the FDA. You can report the problems caused by hair straightener products by contacting the Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area, or through the MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form or call 1-800-332-1088 for more information. Make sure to provide all information about your reaction or side effects you experienced using hair straightener products to both the FDA and your health care provider.
CONTACT A HAIR STRAIGHTENER LAWYER TODAY
If you used hair straightener products or other products for straightened hair and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer or breast cancer or suffered any other hair straightener side effects from hair straightener products, contact hair straightener lawyer Timothy L. Miles to see if you may be eligible for a hair straightener lawsuit and possibly be entitled to significant compensation. While there is still time to file a lawsuit, be mindful that these cases are time sensitive, and give us a call today.
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, RecognizingExcellence 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, civil procedure, derivative actions, corporate takeover litigation, corporate formation, mass torts, dangerous drugs, and more. Please visit our website.
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