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Bisphenol A in chemical hair relaxers

Bisphenol A is a chemical used extensively to produce a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate that can be found in many consumer products. Human exposure to Bisphenol A is widespread. The main source of exposure to Bisphenol A for most people is through food as this substance is soluble and, in certain conditions, can leach into food from products such as water bottles, baby bottles, polycarbonate tableware, food storage containers, and from the internal epoxy resin coatings, of canned beverages and food. Other sources of exposure are air, dust, and water.

The toxic chemical affects human health in many ways. Bisphenol A has been linked to the development of diseases of the:

  • reproductive system
  • immunity systems
  • neurological system
  • cardiovascular system

Exposure to Bisphenol A linked to hormone-sensitive cancers

The world’s largest cosmetic companies, including L'Óreal and Revlon, manufacture chemical hair relaxer products. Since Black women have naturally curly hair, which is difficult to straighten they use chemical hair relaxers more frequently and women from other ethnicities.

Although hair straighteners are enriched with natural ingredients such as Olive Oil, Shea Butter, or Aloe Vera and marketed as safe for regular use, they also contain a mix of strong chemicals, including Bisphenol A.

According to a study in 2013-2016, the median concentration of Bisphenol A in the urine of Black women was higher than the median concentrations in Caucasian women, Mexican-American women, and women of all other ethnicities.

There have been published studies suggesting that Bisphenol A might have endocrine-disruptive properties. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals interfere with the functioning of the endocrine system and can lead to the development of hormone-sensitive health conditions such as:

Atraxia Law experts can help you file your toxic hair relaxer claim

Regardless of what chemical hair relaxer products you used, if you suffer from ovarian or uterine cancer, there might be a connection; therefore, please do not hesitate to contact Atraxia Law. With over 35 years of experience assisting victims of toxic exposure, we are ready to determine whether you are eligible to file a toxic hair relaxer claim.

If you regularly used chemical hair relaxers that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as BPA and now you are diagnosed with hormone-sensitive cancers you might be entitled to financial compensation. If we deem you eligible, we will promptly put you in contact with an excellent attorney specializing in toxic exposure cases.

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