Chemical Hair-Straightening Products May Increase Uterine Cancer Risk

  • A new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found a link between chemical hair-straightening products and uterine cancer, suggesting that frequent users may be more at-risk.
  • “We estimated that 1.64 percent of women who never used hair straighteners would go on to develop uterine cancer by the age of 70, but for frequent users, that risk goes up to 4.05 percent,” study leader Alexandra White of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Safety (NIEHS) explained.
  • The presence of so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals in hair straighteners may cause the link.
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