Breast Cancer: Hair dyes and relaxer may cause this type of cancer

Last Updated on August 10, 2021 by MyGh.Online

According to studies, breast cancer affects around 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. This means few women can escape breast cancer. Before now, breast cancer used to be common amongst white women. Today, breast cancer rates among black and white women are similar. However, according to the authors of a new study:

“Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive tumor subtypes and to die after a breast cancer diagnosis.”

The study authors wrote that the specific chemical found in the hair dyes that could be carcinogenic has not been detected yet. There are over 5,000 chemical ingredients present in various hair dyes. Some of these are known to be carcinogenic and some are capable of damaging the genes and cause mutations.

According to the study, “Many hair products contain endocrine-disrupting compounds and carcinogens potentially relevant to breast cancer. Products used predominately by black women may contain more hormonally-active compounds.”

“In our study, we see a higher breast cancer risk associated with hair dye use, and the effect is stronger in African American women, particularly those who are frequent users.”

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