A new study by the National Institutes of Health indicates an increased risk of hormone-related cancer by those who use hair-straightening chemicals, or relaxers, in their hair. Frequent users of these products are at increased risk of developing uterine cancer according to Alexandra White, head of the NIEHS Environment and Cancer Epidemiology group.
According the National Cancer Institute, black women develop uterine cancer at higher rates than other races. “Because Black women use hair straightening or relaxer products more frequently and tend to initiate use at earlier ages than other races and ethnicities, these findings may be even more relevant for them,” said Che-Jung Chang, one of the study authors.
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