Researchers say people who frequently use hair-straightening products may have a higher risk of developing uterine cancer. The study was conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Safety (NIEHS).
Taking away other risk factors of uterine cancer, women who used hair-straightening products more than four times in a year were two and a half times more susceptible.
Alexandra White, leader of the study, said in a statement:
“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.”
The researchers claim the “association between use of straightening products and uterine cancer” did not affect any particular race more than the other. But as black women use such hair-straightening products products more, they may be at risk more than women from other races.