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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dark Hair Dye and Chemical Relaxers Linked to Breast Cancer

(Reuters Health) - African-American and white women who regularly chemically straighten their hair or dye it dark brown or black have an elevated risk of breast cancer, new research suggests.

“I would be concerned about darker hair dye and hair straighteners,” epidemiologist Tamarra James-Todd said after reviewing the report online now in the journal Carcinogenesis. “We should really think about using things in moderation and really try to think about being more natural."

“Just because something is on the market does not necessarily mean it’s safe for us,” she said in a phone interview. James-Todd, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, was not involved with the new research.

The study of 4,285 African-American and white women was the first to find a significant increase in breast cancer risk among black women who used dark shades of hair dye and white women who used chemical relaxers.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

And, as we all know, some 95% of American women color their hair.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone like their own natural hair color or texture? I've never understood why people change their hair color. You are born with hair, skin and eye color that coordinates and when you change it, things look weird.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the Elvira look!