Have you heard about the recent uptick in hair relaxer cancer cases? Research shows that certain hair relaxer products can cause uterine cancer. Below, we’ll explain what uterine cancer is, and how it’s related to hair relaxers.
Have you or a loved one used hair relaxers, then received a diagnosis of uterine cancer? You may be able to sue the product’s manufacturer. Contact us to find out how to file a uterine cancer lawsuit.
What Is Uterine Cancer?
Uterine cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the uterus. This organ is part of the reproductive system. It’s where a baby grows during pregnancy.
There are two kinds of uterine cancer:
- Endometrial cancer: Cancer cells form in the endometrium. The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus.
- Uterine sarcoma: Cancer in uterus’ muscle wall, called the myometrium. This type of uterine cancer is uncommon.
Uterine cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting a woman’s reproductive system. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 3.4% of women in the US receive a diagnosis of uterine cancer per year. It can be a painful condition with devastating side effects, such as losing the ability to get pregnant. But the good news is that most women survive when there’s an early diagnosis.
The main symptoms of uterine cancer are:
- Bleeding between periods
- Bleeding after menopause
- Lower abdominal pain.
Treatment can involve chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or hormone therapy. These are all methods that attempt to destroy cancer cells.
But sometimes a hysterectomy is necessary to treat uterine cancer. This is an operation in which the surgeon removes the entire uterus. Some types of hysterectomy procedures involve removing the cervix as well.
How Does Uterine Cancer Develop?
There’s no one cause of uterine cancer. But some conditions and behaviors can put you at greater risk if developing it.
Many of these risk factors relate to estrogen levels in your body. Estrogen is an important hormone that makes the lining of the uterus thicken during pregnancy. An imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, another hormone, may cause uterine cancer to develop.
Common Risk Factors for Uterine Cancer:
- Obesity (Fat tissue can convert some hormones to estrogen)
- Age (women over 50 are more likely to develop it)
- Being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Consuming a high-fat diet
- Having ovarian tumors
- Beginning menstruation early (before age 12)
- Reaching menopause late (after 50).
- A long menstruation span ( More years of menstruation means more estrogen exposure).
There’s another risk factor you may not have heard of. Recent research shows that certain hair straighteners may cause uterine cancer. The chemicals they contain can disrupt normal endocrine function. This means they prevent the body from making the hormones it requires to function.
The growing number of hair relaxer cancer cases is alarming. Women who have used chemical straighteners for years are coming down with uterine cancer by the dozens. Many of them say had they known the products contained toxins, they would never have used them.
But manufacturers have been hiding that information for years. Can victims hold them accountable? It’s probable, now that many cancer sufferers have filed uterine cancer lawsuits.
Uterine Cancer Lawsuits
The majority of uterine cancer lawsuits hinge on one fact: chemical straightener makers have been dishonest about their products. You won’t find any warning labels about the toxic chemicals they contain. Not even in fine print.
What’s worse, manufacturers sometimes list the toxins as “fragrance” in the ingredient list. Or they omit them from the list altogether.
Misleading consumers about a product’s safety is a major no-no in US law. So it’s one of the main allegations of current uterine cancer lawsuits. Here are some others:
- Not warning consumers about potential unwanted side effects of a product
- Mislabeling the product, not disclosing toxic ingredients
- Failing to research the impact the product could have on a person’s health
- Putting a product on the market with knowledge that it’s harmful
- Failing to recall a product after it harms consumers
Should You File A Uterine Cancer Lawsuit?
Eye-opening research about the link between chemical hair straighteners and uterine cancer emerged in late 2022. By the end of the year, there were already several federal uterine cancer lawsuits.
It’s possible that hundreds of new hair relaxer cancer cases will traverse courts in the next few years. As a law firm specializing in medical malpractice and product liability, we have the experience and resources to fight for your rights.
Have you or a loved one used chemical hair straighteners on a regular basis? Were you recently diagnosed with uterine cancer? If so, contact us today to discuss your options.