Researchers: Hair dyes have a direct connection to breast cancer
[Healthy Holistic Living, 4/29/19] Did you know the United States only partially bans 30 chemicals from use in personal care products? That’s it…30. Conversely, over the last two decades, the European Union has made strides by banning almost 1,400 chemicals from personal products. Cosmetics are, therefore, wildly unregulated in the United States because a major federal law to ensure the safety of such products has not been passed since 1938. (1) So what does that mean for something as popular as hair dye?
Is Hair Dye 100% Safe?
Whether you are looking to make a wild change to your appearance or wanting to hide those graying roots coming in, research from Finland recommends you listen up. According to Sanna Heikkinen from the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Cancer Registry, the practice of dyeing hair can increase the risk of breast cancer. Heikkinen studied 8,000 women with breast cancer and compared them to a control group of 20,000 women. She noted a 23% increase in breast cancer risk in those who dyed their hair regularly. (2)
In addition to Heikkinen’s findings, other researchers have found an increase in cancer risk that comes with the use of hair dyes. For example, a 2000 study conducted in Los Angeles, California found that women who consistently dyed their hair (once per month for 15 years or more) also increased their risk of bladder cancer. (3, 4)
How Does Hair Dye Lead To Breast Cancer?
There are no direct explanations for why hair dye can be a risk factor for breast cancer. However, research suggests that some chemicals found in hair dye may react with other pollutants in the air, causing a trigger to the creation of tumors. There is also speculation that the chemicals themselves are enough to trigger cancer growth……
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