Hair color or permanent straightening may cause breast cancer for black women
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that ladies who regularly use hair color and chemical for straightening have the risk of breast cancer comparatively those who don’t use these chemicals. But many experts say that the results can be the same if a product is frequently being used by the consumer.
Since many years, scientists have debated on this topic and have mixed reviews on using dyes. Now, new research is adding some disturbing points to it. NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) conducted research and got data in the sister study from 46709 women. In the study, it was found that African American women who use permanent hair color have more risk rather than those who don’t use this. Also, black women have more chances of cancer as compared to white women. White women who use hair dye does not have any significant risk. This reason is still unclear as designing different products with varying racial and ethnic backgrounds may alter the dye amount applied or absorbed on to the skin.
“Researchers are finding a possible link between hair color and breast cancer for a long time, but every time result is different,” said the Ph.D. head of the NIEHS Environment and Cancer Epidemiology Group, Alexandra White. “Most of the African American women are affected by cancer who is constantly using hair dye, which highly causes breast cancer.” On average, women are using chemicals for straightening their hair permanently or let us say every five to eight weeks. Around 30% of women are assumed to develop breast cancer. Straightener use is very common in African American women rather than in white women, though the use of straightener and breast cancer is similar in both white and African-American women. Women are asking if they are not using dye for hair; they have no other option to color their hair. Medical Director of Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Larry Norton said that based on this data, it could not be claimed that breast cancer is caused due to hair dyes and hair straighteners cause. It’s too early to say if women are avoiding hair straighteners and hair dyes, it may reduce the risk of breast cancer.