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Hair relaxers and uterine fibroids linked?

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For many women, the possible link between hair relaxers and uterine fibroids is alarming. For some, however, it won’t change their activity.

Hair relaxers and uterine fibroids linked?

“I always have since I was a child… No I wouldn't stop,” Lucy Adams said of getting her hair relaxed.

Despite the new research, Adams says she'll continue using hair relaxers to straighten her hair.

“I have to,” she said.

In the American Journal of Epidemiology, the results of the hair relaxer and the uterine fibroid tumors study that took place between 1997 and 2009 were posted. The study involved 23,580 pre-menopausal African American women.

Over the dozen years of research, 7,146 ended up with cases of fibroids—a two to three times higher rate that may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers.

Made up of muscle fibers, fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the uterus. African American women are disproportionately affected.

Many believe that the products under question now should be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration to assure consumer safety. Many younger women don't trust hair relaxers-- more popular among their mothers generation

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