Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuits
A new study shows that using chemical hair straightening products or relaxers can more than double the risk of uterine cancer. If you have a history of long-term use of chemical hair straightening products and received a uterine cancer diagnosis, you could qualify for compensation from a chemical hair straightener lawsuit. Find out if you qualify and learn more about your legal options and rights by calling us today at 866-806-5993 or completing an online contact form.
Chemical Hair Straightener Use Linked to Increased Uterine Cancer Risk
A recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that women who frequently apply chemical hair straighteners or relaxers have a dramatically higher risk of being diagnosed with uterine and endometrial cancers.
The 11-year study involved nearly 33,500 women aged between 35 and 74. African-American women reported the most frequent use of chemical hair straighteners and relaxers, making up 60% of users.
Data showed that women who used these products a minimum of four times per year had a 2.5 times greater risk of developing uterine cancers, rising from 1.64% to 4.05%.
The same study noted that several chemicals found in hair straighteners might increase the uterine cancer risk, including the following:
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Metals, such as cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), and iron (Fe)
Chemical hair straightener manufacturers were aware of previous studies linking their products to an increased risk of breast cancer or other hormone-related female cancers, especially uterine fibroids in African-American women. However, this knowledge didn’t prevent them from continuing the marketing efforts of these products, which could make them liable for the harm their products caused.
Have You Been Diagnosed With Uterine Cancer After Using Chemical Hair Straightening Products?
You could be eligible for significant compensation with a lawsuit.
What are the Symptoms of Uterine Cancer?
Uterine cancer is rare and often responds well to traditional treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. However, an early diagnosis is imperative to improving outcomes. If you have any of the following uterine cancer symptoms, contact a licensed physician as soon as possible:
Pain or cramping in the pelvis
White or clear thin discharge in postmenopausal women
Vaginal bleeding between periods
Vaginal bleeding after menopause
Persistent, heavy, or prolonged vaginal bleeding after age 40
Who Is Eligible To File a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit?
Anyone who has used a chemical hair straightener at home or had one applied professionally and has a confirmed diagnosis of either endometrial uterine cancer or uterine sarcoma may qualify to file a lawsuit. However, contacting a knowledgeable attorney is the only way to find out if you qualify.
Other eligibility criteria for a chemical hair straightener lawsuit include the following:
- Using a chemical straightener for at least two years— preferably including the year before receiving a uterine cancer diagnosis
- If diagnosed more than ten years after using a chemical straightener, the total usage time must be at least five years
- Usage must be at least four times per year
- Ability to confirm you used a chemical hair straightener product with receipts, pictures, and a signed affidavit
It costs you nothing to find out if you have a potential claim for compensation. Contact us today to receive a free case review.