Black women more likely to get breast cancer from hair dye and relaxers - Study

Black women more likely to get breast cancer from hair dye and relaxers - Study

- Research has been conducted on a large group of women on the use of hair dye and relaxers which show a direct link to breast cancer

- The research revealed that the risk was much higher in Black women

- The risk of getting breast cancer reportedly reduced when the products are handled by professional hairdressers

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Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have come out with a new finding from a study that has proven that the use of hair products increases the risk of breast cancer.

According to a report by, the risk is much higher in Black women than in Whites.

A large group of 46,000 women was studied in the United States and it was discovered that the use of permanent hair dyes in women as well that the use of chemical straighteners increases the risk of breast cancer by 60%.

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The findings were published in the International Journal of Cancer which suggests that the differences occur in the risk levels according to race.

It was found that women who are Whites face a 7% chance of developing the medical condition. Black women's figures went much higher as the risk level was 45%.

The research was also conducted on women who used the said hair products very regularly. It was then discovered that using the dyes and relaxers at least once every 5-8 weeks resulted in an 8% increased risk for white women and 60% for Black women.

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According to the research, the chances of developing this disease go down when the dye is applied by an expert in a professional setting like a salon.

Alexandra White, Ph.D., head of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Environment and Cancer Epidemiology Group and senior author of the study, said:

"In our study, we see a higher breast cancer risk associated with hair dye use, and the effect is stronger in African American women, particularly those who are frequent users."

Black women have lately been in the news for several reasons. Just recently, reported that a Black lady by name Deborah Flint is the CEO who oversees two of the busiest airports in the United States.

According to reports, the lady is the CEO of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates LAX and Van Nuys Airports.

Deborah has been at post since 2015 and has been the force behind major achievements that have gone in the airports she runs.

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