LONDON: A new study has stated that hair dyeing and straightening hair permanently has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in women.
Using such products are especially dangerous for those who use these to make their hair dark increase the risk of breast cancer in women.
According to the study, the researchers found that permanent hair dye use in black women was associated with a 45 percent higher risk of breast cancer, while white women had a 7 percent higher risk.
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An experiment was conducted on women for a year, after using hair dyeing and straightening products for at least one year, the adverse effects on their health were reviewed.
Researchers have revealed in the report that there is a direct link between the use of such products and breast cancer.
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The products available for hair use have ‘endocrine disruptors’. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.
The link is highly dangerous for those who have a history of breast cancer in the family. For those who are concerned particularly for women (and men) with a family history of breast cancer, they should have a conversation with their primary care physician.
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The study also found that semi-permanent hair dye, as well as temporary dyes, did not up the risk of breast cancer.
Tobacco use, obesity, an excess of calories and a lack of exercise are the leading preventable risk factors for cancer that people can change. They are linked to at least 12 cancers, including breast and endometrial cancers.
Alcohol consumption, too, is more clearly linked to the risk of breast cancer than chemical dyes and straighteners.
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There are also several ways that women can reduce their breast cancer risk namely, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which is similar health advice to what doctors recommend for other diseases, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol intake and reducing stress.