Could Hair Dye Increase Your Risk for Cancer?
According to a recent study by the International Journal of Cancer, it’s
followed more than 46,000 women whose sisters had been diagnosed with
breast cancer. Because of their shared environment, genes, etc., studying
sisters provides a greater chance of identifying risk factors of breast
cancer. The study found that permanent hair dye was associated with a
7% higher risk of breast cancer in white women and a staggering 45% risk
for black women. Frequency was also a factor for black women, showing
a 60% higher risk for breast cancer in those who dyed their hair every
five to eight weeks. However, researchers say don’t cancel that
hair appointment just yet. The study shows the risk of breast cancer was
lower in women who permanently dyed their hair in a professional setting,
like a salon. The reasoning- stylists might be less likely to expose clients'
skin to the dye chemicals. While at-home kits contain gloves, there is
a potential for exposure to harmful chemicals through absorption on hands
and forearms, inhalation of toxic chemicals, and residual toxins remaining
on surfaces or in the air of poorly ventilated areas. Though the data
is shocking, it’s important to note the study analyzes the association
of permanent hair dye and breast cancer, not if hair dye causes cancer.