Hair companies knowingly sell cancer-causing relaxers

For many Black womenHaving a relaxer was once considered a societal norm. Yet that same black haircare staple might do more harm than good.

That definitely applies to the 28-year-old Jenny Mitchellwho claims she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, which led to a hysterectomy after years of using relaxers, as previously reported by The shadow room.

She also learned that the National Health Institute tracked over 33,000 women for 11 years, citing those who reported frequent use of hair straightening products were more than twice as likely to develop cervical cancer.

Hair straighteners containing cancer-causing chemicals, lawsuit, National Health Institute claim

The most worrying part is that companies like L’Oreal and Soft Sheen may have been aware of the risks associated with prolonged use and failed to warn consumers.

Black women are now breaking their silence and demanding justice for what they see as negligence on behalf of the relaxer industry. Jenny Mitchell, along with countless other women, is now filing a federal lawsuit against several major hair care companies.

Could this be a case of companies being misinformed about the dangers of their products? Or have these companies put profit before protecting their consumers?

Mitchell says no black woman should ignore this issue.

“I don’t want another me,” Mitchell told TSR Investigates’ Justin Carter. “Not being able to start your own family at 28.”

Lawsuit filed against major hair product lines after black woman was diagnosed with cervical cancer

She and her attorneys are filing a major federal lawsuit in Illinois against L’Oreal, Soft Sheen and other hair care products that many black women depend on to straighten their hair, products like Motions No Lye Relaxer, Soft & Beautiful, Just for Me , Olive Oil Girls, Dark & ​​Lovely and Southern Carson.

“As an African American woman, it’s the societal norm for your hair to look a certain way,” Mitchell continued. “Don’t wear your hair natural because it looks unprofessional.”

But she says the societal norm has caused her to lose the ability to have children. She was even more stunned when the aforementioned National Institutes of Health followed over 33,000 women for 11 years.

On Oct. 22, 2022, they released a study that found that the 33,000 who used hair straightening products were “more than twice as likely to develop cervical cancer than those who didn’t use the products.”

Pictured: Jenny Mitchell, who is suing several major hair care product lines after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer after years of using hair straighteners.

Study followed 33,000 women over 11 years and found those using relaxers were twice as likely to develop uterine cancer

During this 11-year period, the institute reported 378 cases of uterine cancer diagnoses.

“Our clients will have their day in court, we are ready to fight, we trust the science and they must be held accountable,” said attorney Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmerman. “For her refusal to warn and for her priority over money.”

That remains the biggest question regarding these carcinogenic products: what do these companies know? And if you know, when did you find out about it?

According to the lawsuit, hair straightening products are known to damage the endocrine system, which “regulates all biological processes in the body.”

Such relaxers contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that can cause uterine cancer, specifically the chemical di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate, or DEHP for short.

The chemical is “highly toxic” and insulin-resistant, and causes high blood pressure, in addition to the reproductive problems mentioned above: “including premature menopause, low birth weight, miscarriage and preterm birth,” the lawsuit states.

A screenshot from Mitchell’s lawsuit alleging that women who use hair straighteners are more than twice as likely to develop cervical cancer.

‘Highly Toxic’ Chemical Found in Hair Straighteners, With No Warning of Claims on Packaging

Although she has used the products for more than two decades, Mitchell and her lawsuit allege that “there was no indication, either on the product packaging or otherwise, that this normal use could and would result in her developing cervical cancer.”

NYC-based OBG-YN Dr. Heather Irobunda tells The Shade Room that the chemicals in question are also linked to ovarian and breast cancer.

dr Irobunda says the concerns have so far been ignored by the medical community.

Women like Mitchell who file lawsuits against such hair care companies have solid arguments as long as they can show that the companies knowingly sold their products with dangerous chemicals without extensive warning on the packaging.

dr Irobunda went on to say that she discourages her patients from using such products and offers healthier alternatives like heat like an iron, which have not been found to cause cancer.

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Pictured: a woman receiving a hair-relaxing treatment (Courtesy of CBS Miami)

Renowned defense attorney Ben Crump is taking the case and expects “thousands” more women to come forward

Meanwhile, renowned defense attorney Ben Crump, who took Mitchell’s case, narrates The shadow room that his phone keeps ringing.

“We expect thousands more women to come forward,” Crump said, adding that “this is just the beginning.”

Crump went on to say that black women shouldn’t risk their health for an abstract sense of European beauty. And Mitchell is imploring fellow women of color to get regular check-ups from their OBG-YN, especially if they regularly use hair care products like this.

The shadow room L’Oreal requested comment saying the lawsuits were “baseless”.

“We are confident in the safety of our products and believe the lawsuits recently filed against us are unfounded. L’Oreal maintains the highest safety standards for all of its products. Our products undergo rigorous scientific evaluation by experts.”

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