Even though we’re now more than ever rocking our natural hair texture, many of us still feel the need to use chemical hair straightening to make our hair straighter and smoother. But at what cost?
A recent study has revealed how chemical hair straightening products may be linked with an increased risk of uterine cancer in women.
Let’s look at some study highlights
- Compared to women who don’t use these products, women who used straightening or relaxing products more than four times per year had a greater than doubled risk of developing uterine cancer.
- By the age of 70, uterine cancer strikes about 1.64% of women who don’t use chemical hair straightening products. However, that risk increases to 4.05% for regular users of these products.
- According to the study, African American women and those who engage in little physical exercise were more likely to use hair straightening products.
Uterine Cancer and its many threats
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), uterine cancer, though it may be rare, is the most frequent gynecologic cancer in the country, with around 66,000 new cases reported per year. Rates are also rising (almost doubling), especially among Black women.