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Lawsuits mount after study links hair straightener chemicals to cancer

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Lawsuits are piling up against the beauty brand L’Oreal USA Inc. and other makers of hair straightening products. The lawsuits are a result of a study published to the National Institute of Health linking chemicals used in the products to an increased risk of uterine cancer.

The suits, which claim the products caused cancer or other health problems, seek damages to compensate the women for their pain and suffering. They also seek to compensate for the economic damages of medical bills and the cost of the products, among other things as reported by Reuters.

At least nine lawsuits have already been filed.

The NIH study, released on Oct. 17, found that women who reported frequent use of hair straightening products, defined as more than four times in the previous year, were more than twice as likely to go on to develop uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products.

The research followed 33,497 U.S. women ages 35-74 over the course of 11 years. During that time 378 uterine cancer cases were diagnosed. Researchers also noted that Black women generally use chemical hair straightening products more than white women, putting them at an overall higher risk.

The data does not conclude that hair straightening products directly cause cancer, rather that there’s an association. Eight of the recent lawsuits site the study’s finding.

In a statement posted online after the first lawsuits were filed, L’Oreal stated “We are confident in the safety of our products and believe the recent lawsuits filed against us have no legal merit.”

MAHMOUD BENNETT:

LAWSUITS ARE PILING UP AGAINST THE BEAUTY BRAND LOREAL AND OTHER MAKERS OF HAIR STRAIGHTENING PRODUCTS AFTER A NEW STUDY PUBLISHED TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH FOUND THAT CHEMICALS USED IN THEM COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF UTERINE CANCER

JENNY MITCHELL:

“I AM THE FIRST VOICE OF MANY VOICES TO COME”

MAHMOUD BENNETT:

THE STUDY BEING CITED IN THE LAWSUITS WAS PUBLISHED BACK IN OCTOBER – IT FOLLOWED MORE THAN 33 THOUSAND WOMEN FOR 11 YEARS AND FOUND 378 OF THEM DEVELOPED UTERINE CANCER 

IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THIS DOES NOT CONCLUDE THE PRODUCTS CAUSE CANCER BUT RATHER THAT THERE’S AN ASSOCIATION

THOSE WHO REPORTED USING CHEMICAL HAIR RELAXERS WERE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO DEVELOP THE DISEASE THAN THOSE WHO DIDN’T

RESEARCHERS NOTED THAT BLACK WOMEN USE CHEMICAL HAIR STRAIGHTENING PRODUCTS MORE THAN WHITE WOMEN PUTTING THEM AT A HIGHER RISK

ACCORDING TO REUTERS – AT LEAST 9 LAWSUITS HAVE BEEN FILED SO FAR 

IN A STATEMENT LOREAL SAID IT IS QUOTE CONFIDENT IN THE SAFETY OF THEIR PRODUCTS AND BELIEVE THE RECENT LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST THEM HAVE NO LEGAL MERIT

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Lawsuits are piling up against the beauty brand L’Oreal USA Inc. and other makers of hair straightening products. The lawsuits are a result of a study published to the National Institute of Health linking chemicals used in the products to an increased risk of uterine cancer.

The suits, which claim the products caused cancer or other health problems, seek damages to compensate the women for their pain and suffering. They also seek to compensate for the economic damages of medical bills and the cost of the products, among other things as reported by Reuters.

At least nine lawsuits have already been filed.

The NIH study, released on Oct. 17, found that women who reported frequent use of hair straightening products, defined as more than four times in the previous year, were more than twice as likely to go on to develop uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products.

The research followed 33,497 U.S. women ages 35-74 over the course of 11 years. During that time 378 uterine cancer cases were diagnosed. Researchers also noted that Black women generally use chemical hair straightening products more than white women, putting them at an overall higher risk.

The data does not conclude that hair straightening products directly cause cancer, rather that there’s an association. Eight of the recent lawsuits site the study’s finding.

In a statement posted online after the first lawsuits were filed, L’Oreal stated “We are confident in the safety of our products and believe the recent lawsuits filed against us have no legal merit.”

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