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Hair Straightener Uterine Cancer Lawsuits

A National Institutes of Health study found a link between an increased risk of uterine cancer and using hair straightening products.  A lawsuit was filed against L'Oreal USA Inc. on October 21 as a result of uterine cancer from their hair straightening products.  The plaintiff claimed that her exposure to hair straightening products’ endocrine-disrupting chemicals caused her uterine cancer. She had been using hair straightening products for over 20 years.


Chemical Hair Straightener Products

Chemical hair straightening products are used primarily to help style curly or wavy hair by breaking down its structure and are often used repeatedly to maintain the effect which is now believed to put many users at risk for uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine fibroids resulting in a hysterectomy. Most specifically, the risk of developing uterine cancer has now been firmly linked to hair straightener use. 

The known cancer-causing chemicals and ingredients include:

  • DI-2-Ethilhexylphthalate, or DEHP

  • Paraben

  • Formaldehyde

  • Metals


Additionally, when these chemical hair straighteners cause accidental abrasions and scalp burns, they may be absorbed by the body more easily.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Hair Straightening Products

Chemical hair straightening products typically contain endocrine disrupting chemicals.  A growing body of scientific research on the subject of endocrine disrupting chemicals has found them to be dangerous. Our endocrine system controls the body’s production and use of specific hormones. Endocrine disrupting chemicals disrupt the endocrine system and can completely throw hormone production out of whack. Many diseases, including uterine cancer, breast cancer, and endometrial cancer (a type of uterine cancer) are known as hormone related cancers. In other words, hormones could create and exacerbate cancers and diseases. 

Weintraub Law Can Help

Weintraub Law is currently investigating claims that

hair-straightening products put consumers at a higher risk of developing uterine cancer.

If you or a loved one used hair straightening products and have been diagnosed with uterine cancer, you could have a claim.  Contact Weintraub Law at (504) 656-6280 or fill out the Case Review form and an attorney will contact you.

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