L’Oreal Hair Relaxers Linked to Cancer

Lawsuit Against L’Oreal: Cancer from Hair Care Products Including Relaxers, Straighteners

A lawsuit has been filed against well-known cosmetic companies L’Oreal USA Products Inc., Soft Soft Sheen Carson Inc., Sheen/Carson Inc., Strength of Nature Global, Dabur International Ltd, Namaste Laboratories, LLC, and Dabur USA Inc.

The basis of the lawsuit is that the companies have produced products – hair straighteners and relaxers – that may increase a woman’s risk of uterine cancer. Additionally, it is alleged that the companies knew or should have known of the risk and failed to disclose it to the purchasers of these products.

Our attorneys are investigating these claims and the link between hair straighteners and uterine cancer. If you or a loved one was diagnosed, suffers or suffered with uterine cancer, and used hair relaxer / hair straightening products at least four times, we may be able to help. We can offer you a free, confidential consultation to determine your rights and whether you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Call our compassionate attorneys now at (800) 403-6191.

Lawsuit Filed Against L’Oreal : Dangerous Hair Relaxing Haircare Products

Jennifer Mitchell, a Missouri woman, has sued L’Oreal and other cosmetic companies after developing uterine cancer. The lawsuit claims their hair-relaxing products caused her to develop her cancer. The lawsuit alleges the products caused her to have “regular and prolonged exposure to phthalates and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals” that are contained in the products of these companies.

Ms. Mitchell received her diagnosis of uterine cancer when she was just age 28. She had used L’Oreal products for more than 18 years, since the age of 10. Because of the injuries she has sustained, she is now seeking damages and future medical monitoring costs to be paid by L’Oreal.

At present, there are thousands of cases being filed against the manufacturers of these products.

Why Are Hair Straightening Manufacturers Being Sued?

In the case of Ms. Mitchell, her legal team is arguing that her uterine cancer was caused by chemicals in the products manufactured by the defendants. Additionally, these chemical compounds may cause other medical conditions, including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and preterm deliveries.

There are many brands and products that are being looked at, and against which claims are being made. Dark & Lovely, Just For Me, Optimum Care, Motions, and others are just a few among potentially hundreds of products that may be marketed to women.

In fact, it appears that African American women are being hit particularly hard by this, as a larger portion use straighteners and relaxers, and those products cause an even higher rate of cancer amongst black women (according to studies).

There is growing evidence that women who use hair straighteners and dyes may be at increased risk of cancer.

The 2022 Uterine Cancer Study

According to a study published by the U.S National Institute of Environmental Health Safety on October 17th, 2022, using common chemical hair straighteners four or more times doubles a woman’s risk of developing uterine cancer. This study appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study itself involved 33,947 U.S. women. Their ages varied between 35-74.

Those who conducted the study followed women for an average of 11 years. During this time frame, 378 women were diagnosed with uterine cancer. A fuller analysis revealed that 1.64% of women not using these hair care products were likely to develop uterine cancer. In contrast, 4.02% of women who regularly use hair relaxers and hair straighteners are likely to develop uterine cancer by age 70. That’s an increased risk of 145.12%.

Breast Cancer Study: 2019

A 2019 study also looked at how using permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners affected women. They published their findings which indicated that using permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners increased the risk of developing breast cancer for women. It is noted that in that 2019 study that “women who used hair straighteners at least every five to eight weeks were about 30% more likely to develop breast cancer.”

What is the Basis of the Claim Against the Companies?

The plaintiff must demonstrate that the company is at fault for their hair straightener product causing uterine cancer. The company needs to demonstrate that it was aware, or should have been aware, of a serious risk associated with the product and failed to take action to correct the issue or warn the public of the potential danger.

We are currently investigating cases where the woman had used the product at least four times.

Which Cancers are Being Investigated?

While other links may be found, we are currently investing those cases where the woman had used hair relaxes and then had an increased risk of developing:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine Sarcoma

If you have these conditions as a result of using hair relaxers/straighteners, you may be able to get help from an attorney.

Which Products are the Subject of these Lawsuits?

There are a tremendous number of products which may contain the chemicals which are the subject of these lawsuits.

A partial list of companies manufacturing these products includes:

  • L’Oréal USA, Inc
  • L’Oréal USA Products, Inc.
  • Strength of Nature, LLC
  • Namaste Laboratories, LLC.
  • Godrej SON Holdings, Inc.
  • Soft SheenCarson LLC.
  • PDC Brands
  • Dabur USA Inc.
  • Dabur International Ltd
  • Parfums de Coeur, LTD

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If you or someone in your family was diagnosed with breast cancer, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, uterine fibroids, uterine sarcoma, or endometriosis after using hair relaxers or straighteners, we may be able to help.

Contact the compassionate lawyers at Alonso Krangle today for a free, confidential and discrete conversation about your case. There is no risk or obligation, and we are here to help.

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Hair Relaxer Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer

Hair Relaxer Chemicals Now Linked to Breast Cancer

There is growing evidence linking hair relaxers and breast cancer, with researchers now warning that these chemicals may be contributing to the development of this disease.

Studies have found that hair relaxers contain a number of hazardous chemicals, including formaldehyde and parabens, both of which have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed into the body through the scalp, and can have damaging effects on breast tissue over time.

Given these risks, it is important for women to be aware of the potential dangers of hair relaxers, and to take steps to minimize their exposure. This may include using natural alternatives, such as henna or coconut oil, rather than chemical-based products. For those who have already used these products and have been diagnosed with cancer, it is important that they take steps to protect their legal rights.

Increased Use of Hair Relaxers Shown to Increase Risk of Cancer

If you use hair relaxers, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with these chemicals, and consider alternative methods of straightening your hair. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for breast cancer, and take steps to protect your health and reduce your risk.

The Boston University’s Black Woman Study, published in 2021, revealed that women using hair products that contained the chemical lye at least 7 times over a 15-year time period had an increased risk of breast cancer – a 30% percent greater risk of a cancer diagnosis.

Boston University observed 59,000 black women over the course of twenty-five years in order to identify breast cancer risk factors.

The researchers at Boston University deem lye to be a major chemical threat factor for developing breast cancer. Although more research is needed, black women have a much lower survival rate and tend to face types of breast cancer that are more aggressive than those faced by white women. Before this study, other research done on the correlation between hair straightening chemicals and breast cancer, but this study demonstrated some of the clearest connections, supported by substantial data.

Frequent Users of Hair Relaxers Have the Greatest Risk of Being Diagnosed with Cancer

Women who frequently use chemical hair straighteners are at a greater risk of developing uterine cancer, as opposed to those who never use these products. This includes the risk of developing uterine cancer.

Women who used chemical hair relaxers four or more times in the past year were found to be at an increased risk of uterine cancer. It should be noted that uterine cancer is not common. While the percentage of women with it is in the single digits, that number is still highly elevated from the rest of the population. As the data shows, there appears to be a strong correlation between breast cancer and hair relaxers.

Users Also Saw Increased Risk of Uterine Cancer

Participants who used hair straighteners saw more than double the number of cases of uterine cancer compared to those who never used these products. The number of women who suffered uterine cancer each year due to these hair relaxer products could number in the thousands or more.

Why Does Chemical Hair Straightener Increase Breast Cancer Risk?

The studies have looked at the chemicals used in the products, many of which are known carcinogens. Many may use more and harsher chemicals than are actually required to relax and straighten hair. Because of this aggressive use of chemicals, millions of women are put at unnecessary risk each and every year.

Speak with Our Experienced Lawyers to Learn Your Rights

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer and have used hair relaxers in the past, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer right away. These products may have placed you at an increased risk for breast cancer without your knowledge or consent, and our lawyers can help ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Contact us today for a private and no-obligation consultation to learn more about your rights and legal options. Call us today at (800) 403-6191.

Hair Straighteners Linked to Uterine Cancer

Chemicals Found in Hair Straightening Products May Be Linked to an Increased Risk of Uterine Cancer, According to a New Study

According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, an increased risk of uterine cancer has been found among those who use hair relaxers (hair straightening products) due to the dangerous chemicals found in those products.

Uterine cancer is more common in women who frequently use chemical hair relaxers, with these women being over twice as likely to develop the cancer by age 70.

A person who regularly uses chemical straighteners or relaxers at least four times annually is classified as a frequent user in the study. Black women are at a much higher risk of developing endometrial cancer, the most common form of uterine cancer, potentially due to a greater use of straightening products.

These products style curly or wavy hair by breaking down the hair’s structure. In order to maintain the effect, they are often used multiple times. Studies have now found that this puts many users at risk for uterine cancer, breast cancer, and other health conditions.

Lawsuits claim that chemical hair relaxers may cause cancer

Hazardous effects can occur when using hair products that don’t adhere to the safety standards expected of cosmetics. All consumers have a right to expect that the hair products they use are safe and will not cause any health risks. However, some chemicals used in these products could cause cancer. These carcinogens then cause injuries that may entitle the victim to a claim for damages against the manufacturer, distributor or retailer of the product.

Are Hair Relaxers Linked to Cancer?

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on October 17th investigated whether there is a connection between hair straightening and relaxing products with developing cancer. There have been many controversies over the years surrounding hair products and their harmful chemicals.

This study is one in a series of studies that are taking a look at the possible connections between hair straighteners, hair dyes, and breast & ovarian cancers.

Most recent studies have been scrutinized by the public, but this study in particular- led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Cancer Epidemiology Group) studied more than 34,000 women in the United States ages 35 to 74.

The participants completed a questionnaire asking about their use of hair care products. Specifically, it focused on straighteners, permanents, dye, relaxers, body waves as well as pressing products.

The results of the studies have alerted women to the serious risks of harm and potentially deadly outcome of the use of these products.

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Alonso Krangle LLP is a law firm that has received national recognition and awards for successfully helping many clients with product liability lawsuits. These cases have involved dangerous products, defective consumer goods, prescription and over-the-counter medications and more.

If you have uterine cancer, breast cancer, non-hodgkin lymphoma, or other cancer after the long-term use of hair relaxers, contact our product liability lawyers today to discuss whether you have a claim and should consider legal action to protect your rights.

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Uterine Cancer Caused by Hair Relaxers

Lawsuits for Uterine Cancer Caused by Use of Hair Relaxers

Recently, lawsuits have been filed by women who suffered uterine cancer after the long-term use of hair relaxers. Claims are made both by those working in beauty salons handling the product, as well as women who have used the product in their own hair.

If you have suffered uterine cancer after long-term use of hair relaxer products, contact the attorneys at Alonso Krangle LLP. Our attorneys have helped thousands of victims of dangerous products, and are here to answer your questions.

Companies Producing Haircare Products Linked to Uterine Cancer

These ingredients may lead to uterine cancer and other injuries in women.

Some of the companies named in lawsuits include L’Oreal USA, Inc.; Soft Sheen-Carson, LLC; Strength of Nature, LLC; Godrej SON Holdings, Inc.; PDC Brands; and Parfums de Coeur, LTD.

Hair Relaxers Contain Some of the Most Dangerous Chemicals

Ingredients in hair relaxer products may contain toxic chemicals. One of the most dangerous chemicals found in relaxers is benzene, a known carcinogen linked to uterine cancer and other cancers. Other potentially harmful ingredients include formaldehyde, methylene glycol, and lye.

African American Women are Disproportionately Impacted

The products ranked as most hazardous in the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database are hair relaxers, hair colors, and bleaching products marketed to African American women. This group spends approximately $2.5 billion annually on hair care products, including an estimated $718 million in 2021.

How Hair Relaxers Work

Hair relaxers are typically a cream or lotion that is applied to the base of the hair shaft and left in place for a “cooking period” during which time it chemically alters and damages the hair’s natural protein structure. This results in straightening and smoothing of the hair. As new growth comes in, the relaxer is reapplied to the roots, typically every 4-8 weeks.

This constant reapplication of chemicals exposes the individual to toxic substances repeatedly, which is alleged to lead to a number of injuries including uterine cancer.

Claims Against Manufacturers of Hair Relaxers

Plaintiffs in these cases bring a number of claims against the manufacturers of these hair straightening products, including:

  • Strict liability – failure to warn of the risks to the user: that the manufacturers knew or should have known of the risk of the product and failed to warn consumers of the risk.
  • Strict liability – design and manufacturing defects: that by design, the product was inherently dangerous based on the chemicals used and they should have been designed differently in a way that did not create a risk of harm to the users.
  • Product liability – failure to warn: that the manufacturers knew or should have known of the risk of the product and failed to warn consumers of the risk.
  • Negligence – design or manufacturing defect: the manufacturers knew or should have known of the risks and dangers of the product but continued to design, manufacture, sell, market, distribute and promote the products.
  • Negligence – negligence and gross negligence: the manufacturers were negligent and/or grossly negligent in manufacturing and selling a product they knew or should have known to be dangerous; they failed to test the safety of the product; if they did test and sold notwithstanding the indications that the product may be dangerous; failing to remove the product from the market upon learning of the increased risk of uterine cancer from the user of the product; failing to instruct, inform, notify, advise and label the product regarding the increased risk of uterine cancer.
  • Negligence – negligent misrepresentation: the manufacturers represented and sold the product as a product that was safe to use, failing to disclose the risks associated with the user of the hair relaxing products.

Contact Alonso Krangle LLP if You Have Used Hair Straightening Products and Have Suffered Uterine Cancer

If you or a loved one have used hair straightening products and have been diagnosed with uterine cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced attorneys at Alonso Krangle LLP to discuss your legal options. Our dedicated team will analyze the details of your case and work tirelessly to secure maximum financial compensation on your behalf.

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