[2023 Update] Keratin and Uterine Cancer Lawsuit

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Keratin and Uterine Cancer Lawsuit Overview

Chemical hair straightening products, which often contain Keratin, have been linked to an increased risk of uterine cancer and other serious health risks.

Legal action is being strategized against manufacturers and producers of these hair products for their failure to properly warn consumers of potential health risks.

Keratin and Uterine Cancer Lawsuit, Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit

You may be eligible to file a Keratin and Uterine Cancer Lawsuit if you or a loved one used chemical hair straightening products and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer or another related cancer.

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit instantly.

Our law firm is dedicated to helping those harmed by chemical hair straighteners.

We’ve secured over $4 billion in settlements and verdicts for people harmed at no fault of their own.

Frequently Asked Questions

Uterine cancer refers to cancers of the uterus, specifically endometrial cancer, uterine sarcoma, and other cancers of the uterus:

  • Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in the uterus, accounting for 90% of uterine cancer cases. Endometrial cancer forms in the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus.
  • Uterine sarcoma is a rare type of cancer, effecting less than 10% of uterine cancer patients. This type of uterine cancer develops in the muscle walls of the uterus, called the myometrium.

Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer, affecting thousands of women each year.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2022, about 65,000 new uterine cancer cases were diagnosed, and over 12,000 women died from uterine cancer.

Keratin is a fibrous protein that is the main structural component of hair, nails, and the outer layer of skin in humans.

It is responsible for providing strength and flexibility to these structures.

Keratin is also found in feathers, hooves, and horns of animals, where it is often derived for use in hair products.

Keratin is used in hair straightening products because it can temporarily alter the structure of the hair, making it appear straighter.

This is done by breaking down the bonds in the hair and then reforming them in a different shape.

This process is known as chemical straightening, and it is often used to achieve a smoother, more manageable hair texture.

Some hair straightening products that use keratin can pose a cancer risk.

These products often contain endocrine disrupting chemicals and other compounds that can increase the risk for certain health problems.

Chemical hair straightening products may be linked to the following health conditions in frequent users:

  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Chronic hormonal imbalance
  • Thyroid problems
  • Vitiligo

Though no specific companies were named in the major scientific studies that outline the cancer risk from hair straightening products, several companies and products have been named in lawsuits:

  • L’Oreal
  • Softsheen-Carson (Optimum Relaxer)
  • Dark & Lovely
  • Just For Me
  • Cantu Beauty
  • Motions Hair
  • ORS Hair Care (Namaste Laboratories, LLC)
  • African Pride (Godrej Group)

Women who frequently used hair relaxers and subsequently developed uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, or other related health conditions may undergo several serious medical treatments, such as:

  • Blood transfusion for iron deficiency anemia due to excessive bleeding
  • Chemotherapy
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Endometriosis excision
  • Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparotomy
  • Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRGFUS)
  • Morcellation
  • Myomectomy
  • Radiation
  • Transcervical radiofrequency ablation
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Other surgery or treatment

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About the Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit

Recent scientific studies from the past 10 years indicate that women who use chemical hair straighteners, relaxers, and similar products may have a higher risk of developing health issues such as uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, uterine fibroids, breast cancer and other conditions.

Due to this new research, there is renewed pressure on companies who sell chemical hair straighteners to add warning labels to products and better inform consumers about potential health risks.

Some companies are facing legal actions for their failure to provide such warning.

Previously, legal actions have also been taken against companies whose hair products were potentially related to breast cancer risk, particularly permanent hair dye.

Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or a loved one used chemical hair straightening products and were subsequently diagnosed with uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, or another related health problem, you may be eligible to file a claim.

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation, or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a claim instantly.

Hair Straightener Lawsuits Filed Against Manufacturers

Several lawsuit claims have been filed against manufacturers, and steps are being made towards consolidation into multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Lawsuits have been filed in the Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Georgia, Southern District of Ohio, Southern District of New York, and Northern District of California.

Visit this page for more updates on the Hair Straightener Lawsuit as information becomes available.

Hair Straightening or Relaxer Products and Incident Uterine Cancer Risk

Research from institutions like the National Cancer Institute, the Cancer Epidemiology Group, and National Institutes of Health have found that hair straightening chemicals may been linked to an increased uterine cancer risk.

Hair Straighteners and cancer, Keratin Hair Straightening and Cancer

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences titled “”Hair straightening chemicals associated with higher uterine cancer risk” drew data from the “Sister Study“, which originally looked at risk factors for breast cancer.

Researchers found that women who reported frequent use of hair straightening products, defined as more than four times in the previous year, were more than twice as likely to go on to develop uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products.

Health Disparities and Uterine Cancer Risk: Black Women Develop Uterine Cancer at Higher Rates

Several institutions have found that black women are at a higher risk to develop uterine cancer compared to white women.

Black women use hair straightening chemicals at higher rates than white women, and tend to initiate use at earlier ages.

Researchers are studying whether the links between hair relaxer use and uterine cancer may help explain the disparities in uterine cancer risk factors for black women and white women.

According to the Resilient Sisterhood Project, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness on the reproductive health of black women, black women are significantly more likely than white women to have advanced stages of uterine cancer and to have more aggressive tumor types (clear cell, serous, high-grade endometrioid, and malignant mixed Mullerian tumors).

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted a study on the mortality rates of endometrial cancer, finding an increased risk for African American women to suffer from aggressive forms of uterine cancer.

Their study identifies two reasons for this risk:

  • Black women have a higher prevalence of molecular and genetic markers for more aggressive forms of endometrial cancer
  • Black women are often less likely to receive proper care for the disease, and the disease is often diagnosed at later and more aggressive stages compared to white women.

TorHoerman Law: Accepting Clients for the Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit

Our attorneys are currently investigating claims that allege links between frequent use of hair straightening chemicals and risk of developing uterine cancer.

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation, or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of chemical hair straighteners for failing to warn consumers about the potential cancer risk.

Hair Straightener Uterine Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys, Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys

Don’t hesitate to reach out and speak to our legal team today.

We have secured over $4 billion in compensation for people harmed at no fault of their own.

Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means if your case does not result in a win, you do NOT have to pay for legal representation.

Contact us today or use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify in under two minutes.

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