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A recent study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (which is a part of U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH)) was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on October 17, 2022. The study found that women who use chemical hair straighteners and/or hair relaxers may have a significant increased risk of uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine fibroids. Specifically, the study revealed that women who used these products four or more times per year were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than those who did not.
This study is particularly alarming for African-American women, who have historically used these products more than any other group of consumers. According to the study, approximately 60% of women who reported using chemical hair relaxer products in the previous 12 months self-identified as African-American. Given this study, it should be of no surprise that uterine cancer diagnosis and death rates are significantly higher amongst African-American women than others.
The following brands of hair relaxers and straighteners are currently being investigated:
Additional brands may soon be added to the list. Concerning ingredients of these brands include formaldehyde and/or phthalates.
While hair relaxer and straighteners may be linked to a variety of reproductive injuries, we are currently focusing our investigation on the following injuries:
As of early 2023, litigation involving hair relaxer products is in the initial phases. Lawsuits have already been filed and many more lawsuits are expected to filed in the near future. No settlements have been reached regarding these lawsuits.
We only charge legal fees and costs if we make a recovery for you (either by settlement or through a verdict). This allows potential clients to undergo a confidential, free case review. Our clients are only charged an attorney’s fee if we win your case.
If you used a hair relaxer product and suffered reproductive injuries such as any of the cancers mentioned above, you could pursue compensation for your damages. The personal injury attorneys of Belt, Bruner & Barnett PC are ready to hear your story and explain your options.
Our firm offers no-cost, risk-free consultations injury victims across the state of Alabama. To set up your free consult, complete our online contact form or call (844) 777-1491 today.