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Hair straightening products may increase the risk of uterine cancer

Hair straightening products may increase the risk of uterine cancer

Women who use chemical hair straighteners may be at greater risk uterine cancer but women who don’t, according to a major new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Study participants 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 develop uterine cancer as those who did not use the products. The the findings were published on October 17 in Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“This rate of doubling is concerning,” said the lead author, Dr. Alexandra Whitechief of the NIEHS Environmental and Cancer Epidemiology Group in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, d Media Release. “It is important to put this information in context – uterine cancer is relatively rare a type of cancer.”

Unlike many other cancers, the rate of uterine cancer is increasing in the US

Uterine cancer occurs when malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the endometrium, which is the lining of the uterus. It accounts for about 3 percent of all new cancer cases, according to the data National Cancer Institutebut it is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system, with 65,950 estimated new cases in 2022.



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