Increased Risk of Breast Cancer Tied To Hair Products
Calculating the real cost of beauty just got a little harder with a new study finding an increased risk of breast cancer for those who dye and perm their hair.
Over 4,000 black and white women—with and without breast cancer—aged 20 to 75, participated in the study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University, to explore the link between certain hair products and breast cancer. The study not only took into consideration such risk factors as family, lifestyle and personal health issues, but also the
use of chemical relaxers, hair dyes and conditioners contained cholesterol and placenta.What they found was that dark
and black hair dyes were linked to a 51 percent increased risk of breast cancer among black women and a 72 percent
increased risk of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.
The current findings provide data to support the hypothesis that exposure to
lye (and exposure to other potentially harmful compounds found in relaxers and
other hair products) could be important environmental risk exposures associated
with carcinogenesis of the mammary gland—an important risk factor, particularly
among black women. Breast cancer is the most frequently
diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women.