It has long been known that black women are much more likely to get uterine cancer than women from other demographics. However, researchers did not know why for many years. Recently, a study carried out by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established a link between chemical hair straightening products and uterine cancer. Black women are much more likely to use these products than women of other races.
Read on to learn more about the new insight into why black women are more likely to get uterine cancer.
Black women are more likely to get uterine cancer
Black women are much more likely to get uterine cancer than women of other races. This has been established by multiple studies. These statistics lead to a great deal of investigation and theorizing by medical researchers.
Researchers were stumped for decades
While medical researchers looking for reasons that black women have higher rates of uterine cancer, they couldn’t find any easily identifiable cause. Many researchers simply decided that black women are genetically predisposed to uterine cancer. This is plausible, as people of certain races can be more likely to have certain medical conditions. However, some medical researchers did not accept this theory and continued to look for an external cause. New information has recently come to light that may provide an answer to this problem.
Study links use of hair straightening chemicals to uterine cancer
The aforementioned study by the NIH shows that hair straightening chemicals are linked to uterine cancer. Chemical hair straighteners often include harmful chemicals like parabens and phthalamates. These chemicals are categorized as endocrine-disrupting chemicals, also known as ECGs. ECGs are known to cause many health risks, including cancer. Specifically, ECGs are known to increase the risk of breast cancer in women. These chemicals are also known to increase the risk of prostate cancer for men. However, ECGs were not linked to uterine cancer until this study.
Black women are far more likely to use chemical hair straighteners
While women of all races use chemical hair straighteners, black women use these products at a higher rate than any other demographic. This may be down to beauty norms and black women wanting more hair styling options. Unfortunately, the higher usage of chemical hair straighteners by black women could be the cause of the higher rate of uterine cancer in this demographic. It may even be linked to the higher rate of breast cancer among black women.
A chemical hair relaxer lawsuit can provide compensation for uterine cancer caused by these products
Women who suffered from uterine cancer due to using chemical hair straighteners or relaxers can still find justice. It is possible to file a chemical hair relaxer lawsuit. Such a lawsuit could provide compensation for the medical bills and suffering related to uterine cancer that was caused by chemical hair relaxers. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you move forward with a chemical hair relaxer suit.