Hair relaxer and cancer: Woman claims hair-straightening chemicals caused her uterine cancer in lawsuit filed by Ben Crump

Hair relaxer and cancer: Woman claims hair-straightening chemicals caused her uterine cancer in lawsuit filed by Ben Crump

CHICAGO (TOC) — A lawsuit has been filed over claims that chemical hair-straightening merchandise might put girls at larger danger for uterine most cancers. It comes after a latest research discovered that Black girls could also be extra affected attributable to their larger fee of use.

Attorneys for a Missouri girl stood outdoors the Dirksen Federal Constructing in Chicago Monday morning to debate a lawsuit filed Friday towards 5 corporations that allege the businesses’ hair relaxers induced the lady’s uterine most cancers.

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“I’m the primary voice of many voices to return that can stand as much as these corporations and say no extra,” Jenny Mitchell stated.

Mitchell stated she was 8 years previous when she started utilizing relaxers to straighten her hair. At 28, she had an entire hysterectomy.

“I am 32 years previous proper now, and I’m nonetheless feeling that void of not having the ability to bear my very own little one,” Mitchell stated.

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“Think about these many chemical substances being positioned in your scalp each month or each different month for 10 years,” stated Diandra S. Debrosse Zimmerman, an lawyer for Mitchell. “That is what we face right here.”

“It’s heartbreaking to listen to from dozens and dozens of girls calling our workplace who’ve been recognized with uterine most cancers at such younger ages,” stated Ben Crump, an lawyer for Mitchell.

Mitchell’s attorneys referred to a brand new research from the Nationwide Institutes of Well being that discovered an affiliation between uterine most cancers and utilizing relaxers, which can impression African American girls extra.

“There’s loads of various factors that play in, however sadly, uterine most cancers stays a most cancers with a really massive disparity in outcomes,” stated Dr. Nita Lee, a gynecological oncologist at UChicago Drugs.

Whereas Dr. Lee says extra analysis must be executed on this situation, the research provides girls data to think about.

“So extra girls are dying of this most cancers and being recognized with this most cancers, in order a complete, elevating consciousness of what we might be eager about and in search of causes is extraordinarily necessary,” Lee stated.

Dr. Lee additionally shared the research reveals the significance of getting higher minority illustration within the sciences and medical analysis research.

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