Save the Ta-Tas: Start by Nixing These Two Items, Ladies (And Gents)...
Are you inadvertently putting yourself at higher risk for breast cancer?
A recent study shows that you could increase your risk of breast cancer by up to 60% simply by visiting the hair salon.
You see, breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer in the United States.
And there are numerous factors that can affect your risk for breast cancer...
Diet, age, genetics, family history, and fitness level all play a role.
But here's what few know...
When you sit down at the shampoo bowl, these two beauty items can boost your risk of breast cancer by 60%:
- Permanent hair dye
- Chemical hair straighteners
Based on the medical records of over 45,000 women, a strong link was found between hair dye use and cases of breast cancer.
"The results do not surprise me," Otis W. Brawley, medical oncologist and epidemiologist at the Hopkins-Kimmel Cancer Center, explained in a Newsweek interview. "Many of us have worried that the chemicals in, especially the permanent hair dyes and hair straighteners, have the potential to cause cancer."
Strangely, the risk seems to vary greatly depending on genetics…
The increase in breast cancer risk for white women seems to be around 7%. However, black women seem to have a 45% higher risk of developing breast cancer.
And those numbers only take into account those who use a moderate amount of hair dye…
Women who use hair dye heavily (once or more every five to eight weeks) have an even more substantial risk — jumping to 8% for white women and 60% for black women.
The reason for the risk difference between white women and black women isn't entirely apparent at this time.
It may have to do with the difference in products that are marketed to different people.
The study's author thinks that there could be significantly more endocrine-disrupting chemicals in products made for black women.
When it comes to chemical hair straighteners, however, the increased risk is the same across all races — 30%.
The news for hair professionals isn't good, either. Daily exposure could put them at a far higher risk — especially when it comes to hair coloring.
And although some hair products may have fewer carcinogenic effects than others, it isn't very easy to pinpoint which ones are safest to use.
One chemical called para-phenylenediamine (PPD) could be the hair dye ingredient that's responsible for these serious breast cancer risks.
In fact, the CDC has already warned consumers of the risks associated with the use of hair dyes containing PPD. In several studies, this chemical has been shown to cause DNA damage.
Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact reason why hair dyes and chemical hair straighteners are carcinogenic. In the meantime, it's best to limit your exposure to them.
And though hair products may increase your risk of breast cancer, keep in mind that other factors affect your risk more…
"The combination of obesity, consuming too many calories, and lack of physical activity has a much higher relative risk for breast cancer in both black and white women," explained Brawley, who is also the former chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society.
And folks, don't forget... Men can get breast cancer, too!
Men may less commonly use chemical hair straighteners.
But we've all known a few gentlemen who've dyed over their gray hairs.
So both men and women, stay alert!
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ