Dozens of women who were diagnosed with cancer or fibroids after using chemical hair straighteners or hair relaxers have joined a federal lawsuit against manufacturers of these products. Attorneys representing the women involved in the lawsuit say that they expect hundreds more women to eventually join the litigation.
Women who used hair straighteners or relaxers and were diagnosed with uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, or fibroids may be eligible to join the lawsuit against manufacturers of these products and receive compensation. To get started filing your claim today, contact the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling our office toll-free at 1-855-922-3660, or by filling our our free claims form on the right side of this page.
Study Links Hair Straighteners, Relaxers to Cancer Risk
Concerns about the link between chemical hair straighteners and relaxers first arose in Fall 2022, when a study published by the National Institutes of Health discovered that women who had used hair straighteners or relaxers were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer. According to the study, women who used chemical hair straighteners or relaxers had a 4% risk of uterine cancer, compared with only a 1.6% risk for women who never used these products.
Researchers found that Black women represented the largest number of participants in the study who were diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. Although Black women are no more likely than women of other races to develop cancer after using hair straighteners or relaxers, the health effects of straighteners or relaxers is more severe for Black women because they more frequently use these hair products.
Although researchers were able to demonstrate that using chemical hair straighteners and hair relaxers increased a woman’s risk of developing uterine cancer, they were unable to identify the specific chemical in these products that caused the increased cancer risk. Researchers said that more studies are needed to determine the specific ingredient in hair straighteners and relaxers that may be causing women to develop cancer.
In addition to the increased risk of uterine cancer uncovered by the National Institutes of Health study, chemical hair straighteners and relaxers have also been linked to ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. The use of straighteners and relaxers may also increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids.
Dozens of Lawsuits Against Makers of Hair Straighteners & Relaxers
Following the release of the National Institutes of Health study that linked hair straighteners and relaxers to an increased cancer risk, the first federal lawsuit was filed against L’Oreal on behalf of a Black woman from Missouri who was diagnosed with uterine cancer after years of using chemical hair straighteners.
Over the following months, dozens of other women have joined this federal lawsuit against L’Oreal, Strength of Nature, and other companies that manufacture hair straighteners or relaxers. The lawsuit alleges that L’Oreal and other manufacturers knew or should have known that the chemical in hair straighteners and relaxers were dangerous and could increase the risk of cancer, yet continued to market and sell these products anyway despite the risks.
Lawyers representing women who were diagnosed with cancer after using hair straighteners and relaxers say that they expect hundreds more women to join the federal lawsuit against the manufacturers of these products.
Start Your Claim Today
If you or a loved one used chemical hair straighteners or hair relaxers and were diagnosed with uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, or fibroids, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
To start the process of filing your claim today, contact the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling our office toll-free at 1-855-922-3660, or if you prefer, contact us online by filling our our free claims form located on the top of this page.