If You Dye Your Hair Often Then This Is Scary News
White and African-American women who regularly dye their hair dark brown or black, or chemically straighten their hair, have a higher risk of breast cancer.
The new findings have been published in the journal Carcinogenesis and is based on a study of more than 4,000 women. The study found that there was a significant increase in breast cancer risk amongst black women who used dark shades of hair dye and white women who used chemical relaxers.
Women from New York and New Jersey aged between 20 and 75 were asked about their hair product habits. Nearly 2,280 of them were breast cancer survivors.
Both dye and straightening together increased the risk further.
When the study was broken down, white women who used chemical relaxers had a 74 per cent higher chance of breast cancer, compared to those who did not and black women who reported using dark hair dye had a 51 per cent increased risk.
For white women who did both — used dark hair dye regularly and chemically straightened their hair, the breast cancer risk was even greater.
However, lead author Adana Llano told the Chicago Tribune: “Our findings do not suggest that simply using hair dyes, relaxers or both will cause a woman to get breast cancer.
“The reality is that we regularly encounter a variety of harmful exposures, which we have no control over.’’