Lawsuits are being filed by women who were diagnosed with uterine cancer after using hair relaxers and chemical hair-straightening products.
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Hair Relaxer Uterine Cancer Lawsuit Filed Against L’Oreal
In October 2022, a lawsuit was filed against L’Oreal and other beauty companies by a woman from Missouri who claims that toxic chemicals in hair relaxers caused her uterine cancer.
The lawsuit was filed by Jenny M., a black woman who said she first started using hair relaxers when she was just 10 years old. She continued to use them for the next 22 years, until March of this year, when studies were published linking hair relaxers and uterine cancer.
Just weeks after her diagnosis, she underwent a full hysterectomy and lost her ability to have children.
The lawsuit cites a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that discovered a doubled risk of uterine cancer for women who use hair relaxers compared to women who do not.
“The study found that an estimated 1.64% of women who never used chemical hair straighteners or relaxers would go on to develop uterine cancer by the age of 70; but for frequent users, that risk more than doubles, increasing to 4.05%.”
The risks are “more substantial among Black women, who make up the overwhelming majority of hair straightening and hair relaxing product” users, the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit was filed on October 21, 2022 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois — Case Number 1:22-cv-05815.
What Are Hair Relaxers?
Hair relaxers are chemical products that women apply to make curly hair straight. The most popular hair relaxers are marketed to black women and sold as a do-it-yourself kit at home, similar to hair dyes.
There are a variety of products with different ingredients, including commercial chemical hair-straightening products that hair salons will use in combination with high heat and a flat iron to smooth the hair.
Some of the top brand-name hair relaxers include:
- Ultra Precise
- Dark & Lovely
- Just for Me
- ORS Olive Oil
- African Pride
- TCB Naturals
- Africa’s Best
- Creme of Nature
- Mizani Rhelaxer
- Soft & Beautiful
- Ultra Sheen Supreme
What Chemicals Are In Hair Relaxers?
Hair relaxers may contain known carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals) like formaldehyde, parabens, or phthalates like DEHP. They may also contain a lot of other ingredients, such as sodium hydroxide (only in lye-based relaxers), calcium hydroxide, and ammonium thioglycolate.
What is the Risk?
Some of these chemicals also have endocrine-disrupting side effects, which mimics hormones like estrogen and raises the risk of cancers that affect women (such as breast cancer or uterine cancer), as well as other hormonal diseases like uterine fibroids and endometriosis.
What is Uterine Cancer?
Uterine cancer occurs when cells begin growing uncontrollably inside the uterus. The most common type is endometrial cancer, which grows in the lining of the uterus (endometrium). Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer. In 2010, about 45,000 women were diagnosed with uterine cancer and 8,400 died from it. About 1,600 of these women were diagnosed with uterine sarcoma.
Uterine Fibroids and Cancer
Every year, thousands of women are diagnosed with benign (non-cancerous) tumors in the uterus, such as a fibroids (leiomyomas). Most women develop fibroids at some point in their life. They are one of the most common reasons for a hysterectomy.
Unfortunately, in some cases, fibroids are actually uterine sarcoma. This is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells grow in the uterus. Uterine sarcoma includes leiomyosarcoma (LMS), a highly-aggressive type of cancer. It is impossible to tell whether a fibroid is actually uterine sarcoma until after the tissue is removed from a woman’s body.
Symptoms of Uterine Cancer
- Pain or discomfort in the pelvic area
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Discharge that is watery or pus-like
- Bleeding after menopause, bleeding in between periods, or bleeding that is excessively heavy during menstruation
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Urinary or bowel pain
- Unexplained weight loss
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