Study finds permanent hair dye and straighteners increase risk for breast cancer

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening

And a recent study has finally come up with some serious findings. She pointed out that the Sisters Study's population isn't representative of women as a whole. Women answered questions about their use of hair dyes and straighteners.

A new study links hair dyes and chemical straighteners to breast cancer. Taking into consideration their overall health, lifestyle habits, and hair products they used, researchers found that those who reported that they used permanent hair dye and hair relaxers, 2,800 ended up developing breast cancer. Tanya Kovacevic, the manager of FOS Living Organic Hair Salon in Garden City, says most of the salon's clients are pregnant women or cancer survivors who are looking to be safer when it comes to chemicals. Researchers don't know what exactly might be the cause. To reduce risk, researcher White says women might want to choose these products instead. Among all participants, regular use of a chemical relaxer or straightener was also associated with an 18% increased risk.

Could permanent hair dyes and chemical straighteners raise a woman's risk of breast cancer?

When it came to chemical straighteners, risk didn't vary by race.

"Researchers have been studying the possible link between hair dye and cancer for a long time, but results have been inconsistent", said corresponding author Alexandra White.

Should women stop using these products? . She notes that in the early 2000s just before the study began, Brazilian keratin treatments came on the market.

NEIGHMOND: Dr. Otis Brawley is a medical oncologist with Johns Hopkins University.

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Well, breast cancer is rarely caused by one thing only. That much has been known for a while now. "However, as the article readily admits, more study is necessary".

"Sometimes science just can not give us the answers that we want it to give us", says Brawley. Also, Black women may have inadequate medical care, including limited access to cancer screening technology.

PHOTO: In this stock photo a women appears to have her hair colored.

ALEXANDRA WHITE: Fifty-five percent of women in our study reported using permanent hair dye in the previous year.

According to the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer does not consider personal hair dye use as "classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans", but has recognized that workplace exposure as a hairdresser or barber is "probably carcinogenic to humans" based on data regarding bladder cancer.

The risk was notably higher among black women.

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