How EDCs in Hair Relaxers May Cause Uterine Cancer: Understanding the Link & Your Legal Options

Woman receiving chemical hair relaxer.

As of March 2023, dozens of lawsuits are pending against hair relaxer manufacturers in multidistrict litigation (MDL). Women who have used chemical hair straighteners regularly for years have been diagnosed with uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, or other conditions that affect their reproductive health and quality of life. HHR is investigating hair relaxer injuries and helping women who have suffered from these products to pursue compensation. In this article, we will explain how endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) might cause uterine cancer, a condition that significantly impacts millions of women globally.

Symptoms & Complications of Uterine Cancer

Uterine cancer is a condition in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the uterus. The symptoms of uterine cancer include vaginal bleeding, changes in the length, intensity, or frequency of periods, pelvic pain or pressure, unusual vaginal discharge, and pain during urination or bowel movements.

Complications from uterine cancer can range from metastasis (spread to other organs), to complications from treatments such as surgical procedures or chemotherapy. Infertility can also be a consequence, impacting the reproductive health of affected women severely.

How Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Might Cause Uterine Cancer

EDCs are chemicals that interfere with the endocrine system, which regulates hormones in the body. EDCs can mimic or block naturally occurring hormones, or alter their production, transport, or metabolism, leading to adverse health effects. EDCs are found in many consumer products, including hair relaxers.

The mechanics by which EDCs in hair relaxers cause uterine cancer are similar to those for endometriosis. One theory suggests that EDCs can activate estrogen receptors on uterine cells, causing abnormal growth in the uterus. Another hypothesis proposes that EDCs can disregulate the immune system, thereby allowing abnormal cells to multiply and form tumors.

The Long-Term Prognosis for Uterine Cancer Survivors

Uterine cancer can drastically affect a woman’s quality of life, including the capacity to work, social activities, and overall well-being. Treatments may include surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, all of which come with their set of complications and risks. Furthermore, the presence of EDCs in the body can have lasting impacts, as these chemicals can embed in fat tissue and be released into the bloodstream over time.

Survivors may face long-term health issues, including the possibility of recurrence. However, with early detection and appropriate treatment, the survival rates for uterine cancer can be promising.

What Is Owed to the Victims of Hair Relaxer Companies

Manufacturers of hair relaxers have a legal duty to ensure that their products are safe for use. If they marketed and sold products containing EDCs without warning of their potential health risks, they should be held liable for any harm caused. Women suffering from the effects of such products may be entitled to compensation for their past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, among other damages.

At HHR, we are committed to helping women who have suffered from hair relaxer injuries seek justice and accountability. Contact us today at (888) 498–3023 for a free consultation.

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