Mar 1, 2012

Discussion: Relaxers Linked to Fibroid Tumors and Early Puberty

According to a Boston University study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, relaxers may be linked to uterine fibroid tumors and early puberty. The study followed over 23,000 women from 1997 through 2009.

The women reported on their use of relaxers. The frequency of use of relaxers, the number of scalp burns, the length of time the relaxers are left on the hair---these things are all directly related to the risk of uterine fibroid tumors. In other words, the longer you expose your scalp to the chemicals, the higher the risk of developing uterine tumors.

A previous study determined that African-American girls who used relaxers reached menarche (their first menstrual cycle) at an earlier age than other races. The earlier menstruation starts, the higher the chance of developing fibroid tumors.

Clip from the movie, Good Hair
So not only does it appear that the chemicals in relaxers are directly linked to uterine fibroid tumors, it is also linked to earlier puberty, which leads to higher chances of uterine fibroid tumors. This is an intriguing development. It makes me lean towards natural products, and it's a reminder to be more aware of how chemical exposure affects our health and the health of our children.

This news is definitely a nod to the benefits of being natural. How do you feel about these new findings?

This article was spotted via MadameNoire.
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