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.
The study found that out of women who had not used hair straightener 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 hair straightener 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 hair straightener products more than four times a year was defined as frequent.
If you used products for straightened hair and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer or suffered any other any other significant adverse health 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 as a result of using products for straightened hair.
Hair Straightener products include but are not limited to hair products by brands like Soft & Beautiful, Dark & Lovely, Optimum Care, Just for Me, Creme of Nature, Motions, Carson Soft Sheen, and Olive Oil. At-home products and salon-use products both qualify. While these are the most common, they are not the only products f0r straightened hair.
Chemical hair straightening is the most permanent hair smoothing method available. It is also the method that inflicts the most damage to your hair. A chemical creme is applied to the hair to relax the curls while breaking down the protein bonds in the hair making the hair straighter. Other products for straightened hair work the same way.
HAIR STRAIGHTENER PRODUCTS LINKED TO UTERINE CANCER
Previous studies have shown that some widely used chemicals in hair straightener 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 hair straightener 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. Hair straightener products, on the other hand, are not regulated.
A 2019 study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that permanent hair dye and chemicals in hair straightener products 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 hair straightener products are also associated with a higher risk of ovarian cancer.
WHO HAD THE MOST PRONOUNCED CANCER RISK USING HAIR STRAIGHTENER PRODUCTS
The study data also showed that the link between hair straightener 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 straightener 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."
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF UTERINE CANCER FROM USING HAIR STRAIGHTENER PRODUCTS
If you notice any of these uterine cancer symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately:
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR A HAIR STRAIGHTENER LAWSUIT?
If you used hair straightener products and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer or ovarian cancer or suffered any other any other serious adverse health effects from hair straightener products, then you may be eligible for a hair straightener lawsuit and possibly be entitled to substantial compensation.
Contact Hair Straightener Lawyer Timothy L. Miles today and see if you are eligible for a hair straightener lawsuit if you used hair straightener products.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HIRE A HAIR STRAIGHTENER LAWYER?
It does not cost anything to hire a hair straightener lawyer. We take all cases on a contingency basis which means we do not get paid unless we win your case, so contact us today. A hair straightener lawyer can explain the process and answer any questions you may have. So, the call is free and so is the fee unless we win your case. If you were diagnosed with uterine cancer from using hair straightener products, contact us today for a free case evaluation, you may be eligible for a hair straightener lawsuit and possibly substantial compensation.
WHAT CAN I GET OUT OF A HAIR STRAIGHTENER LAWSUIT?
If you are eligible for a hair straightener lawsuit, a successful plaintiff is entitled to compensatory damages which would include compensation for things such as:
If your Hair Straightener lawsuit proceeds to trial it is also possible the court could impose punitive damages, intended to punish the defendant for their actions.
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 any other adverse health 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, 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, civil procedure, derivative actions, corporate takeover litigation, corporate formation, mass torts, dangerous drugs, and more. Please visit our website.
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