Uterine Fibroids & Hair Relaxers
Uterine fibroids were linked to the frequent use of hair relaxer products in a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas or myomas, are growths that occur in the uterus and can, in rare cases, lead to cancer. According to the Mayo Clinic, uterine fibroids are relatively common, and can sometimes occur without any symptoms.
In those women that do experience symptoms, signs that indicate the presence of uterine fibroids are:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual periods lasting more than a week
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Backache or leg pains
Black women are three times as likely to develop uterine fibroids as their white counterparts.
Common treatments for uterine fibroids include medications, the implantation of an intrauterine device (IUD), minimally invasive procedures that destroy or shrink fibroids, or surgery, including hysterectomy.
New 2022 Study: Hair Relaxer & Straightening Products Linked to Serious Side Effects
According to the wide-ranging survey released in October 2022, women who “frequently” use chemical hair straighteners, also known as relaxers, were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer during the course of the 11-year research project. As stated in the report, “hazardous chemicals,” including those that are endocrine-interrupting and/or carcinogenic, could be responsible for the link to increased uterine cancer occurrence.
These chemicals could include:
- Bispheonol A
- Formaldehyde, and
The results are of particular concern for Black women, who use relaxer products at a higher rate than other women. Roughly three-fifths of respondents who said they used chemical relaxers frequently were Black women.
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