A woman has filed a lawsuit against 5 companies, including L’Oreal, saying their chemical hair straighteners can cause uterine cancer.
The woman is from St. Louis and filed the federal lawsuit in Chicago on Monday.
Jenny Mitchell, who filed the lawsuit, claims she was exposed to phthalates- and endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
She believes these chemicals in the L’Oreal and other companies’ products led to her uterine cancer diagnosis.
Lawsuit over L’Oreal and other chemical hair straighteners that cause uterine cancer
According to My Twin Tiers, there are 5 companies listed in the lawsuit.
- L’Oreal USA Inc. and L’Oreal USA Products Inc.
- Strength of Nature Global LLC
- Soft Sheen Carson (W.I.) Inc.
- Dabur International Ltd. and Dabur USA Inc.
- Namaste Laboratories
Mitchell claims to have started using the chemical hair straightening products when she was 8 years old and in third grade.
Now she is 28 years old and when she went in for a fertility appointment she received a routine ultrasound.
Within days she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and forced to undergo a hysterectomy.
Research is cited in the lawsuit that shows endocrine-disrupting chemicals normally found in hair straightening products can cause this illness.
Her attorney, Diandra Debrosse Zimmerman, said that young girls use L’Oreal and other products every month.
The National Institute of Health recently released a study solidifying the idea that hair straightening chemicals used by women puts them at a higher risk for uterine cancer.
33,000 women participated in a study for ten years and 378 ended up with the diagnosis. This data shows that women using these products are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer.
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