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Which chemicals in hair relaxers cause cancer?

Hair relaxers contain dozens of harmful chemicals, and because they are endocrine disruptors, they have a strong connection with hormone-dependent cancers such as uterine and ovarian cancer.

Phthalates are just one category of toxic chemicals present in hair relaxers. They are employed as solvents in cosmetics, which speaks volumes about their dangerous nature.

Frequent phthalate exposure can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system and is also able to cause uterine and ovarian cancer in young adults. Besides phthalates, other carcinogenic or endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in numerous hair relaxers on the market include:

It is important to keep in mind that exposure to some of these chemicals does not result in cancer but can facilitate the development of malignant diseases, as they are endocrine disruptors. When chemicals disrupt the hormonal system, a higher estrogen concentration might be released in the body, which can increase uterine and ovarian cancer risk. Moreover, many hair relaxers cause scalp burns, lesions, and irritation due to the lye they often contain, which promotes the infiltration of chemicals into the bloodstream. If you have been using hair relaxers and now struggle with uterine or ovarian cancer, we encourage you to contact Atraxia Law for a free case evaluation.

File your toxic hair relaxer claim with the assistance of our experienced professionals

Atraxia Law has over 35 years of experience in assessing toxic exposure and personal injury claims. If you use hair relaxers and received a diagnosis of uterine or ovarian cancer, do not hesitate to contact us, as you might be eligible to file a toxic hair relaxer claim and obtain compensation from the liable manufacturers. Eligible women will be put in touch with a reliable, specialized attorney to have their claims filed as soon as possible.