Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
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Study Links Hair Dyes, Cancer

Study Links Hair Dyes, Cancer

And with respect to hair straightener use, the researchers found that women who used them every 5-8 weeks were had 30% higher chances of developing breast cancer.

Although it wasn't able to prove cause and effect, the study found that women who regularly used permanent hair dye in the year prior to enrolling in the study were 9 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who didn't use hair dye.

The study found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don't use these products.

There are many different formulas for hair dye and straighteners, which have evolved over time, making it hard to pin down which ingredients might contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Dale Sandler, one of the study's authors, said that while no single factor can explain a woman's risk for cancer, some women may want to consider avoiding permanent hair dyes. "It's also possible that the application method or the amount of dye required might be influencing the difference".

An intriguing finding was the association between the use of chemical hair straighteners and breast cancer. Dr.

Breast cancer is the number two cause of death in Ghana and one of the leading causes of death globally.

"Researchers have been studying the possible link between hair dye and cancer for a long time, but results have been inconsistent", Alexandra White, Ph.D., a study author and head of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Environment and Cancer Epidemiology Group, said in a press release.


Previous research with animals has found links between chemicals in hair dye and straighteners and cancer.

New research raises concern about the safety of permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners, especially among African American women.

Should women stop using these products? .

Erin Nau, a licensed clinical social worker with the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline, says it can't be determined what exactly causes cancer.

NEIGHMOND: For both races, there was no increased risk for women who used semi-permanent or temporary dyes, the kind that eventually wash out with shampooing.

The risk was notably higher among black women.

Moving forward, Raymond said women reading the study shouldn't panic, adding that continued diet, exercise and regular breast exams are much more important factors to pay attention to. She says she tells women to do the best they can when it comes to protecting themselves from the risk.

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