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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Beware! Hair Care Products & Cancer

This e-mail was forwarded to me by a co-worker confirming what I have thought all along that there is a correlation between hair care products and cancer. Please read and view the short video!

Do any of you use one or more of the following products?

I do not but wanted to pass along to anyone who might.


Lifestyles Report...Hair Scare By Debbie Norrell

At least two months ago WPXI contacted me to do an interview about ingredients in hair care products used by African-Americans possibly leading to breast cancer. I was selected because I am a 15-year breast cancer survivor.

Recently WAMO news anchor and New Pittsburgh Courier freelance writer Allegra Battle did a story on this same subject and it was a feature on the May 9, 5 p.m. KDKA news. But at the end of these stories we still did not have a list of the products. Battle gave me the list that didn't make her feature during a recent visit I made to the WAMO studio's promoting the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. So many of my friends have seen the stories on television or read about this issue in the paper and they want to know which products to be concerned about.

However, I wanted to give you more so I went to the Internet and looked for articles from the Center for Environmental Oncology and found one entitled: Why Healthy People Get Cancer: Center Examines Environmental Suspects (update Spring 2005).The article stated, one of immediate research priorities of the new Center is the puzzling phenomenon of breast cancer in African-Americans under the age of 40 who have nearly twice as much breast cancer as do white women.The center will work with Silent Spring Institute, a Massachusetts based cancer institute, to identify suspect contaminants and ingredients in hair care products and other personal products regularly used by African-American young women and their mothers.

More recently, attention has turned to estrogenic compounds in hair care products used by Black women as a possible explanation for higher cancer rates in this population. I've started to carry copies of the list in my purse but we're going to share it with you right here.

The list simply says:

The following is a list of products that have previously been found to contain hormones:

Placenta Shampoo

Queen Helene Placenta cream hair conditioner

Placenta revitalizing shampoo

Perm Repair with placenta

Proline Perm Repair with placenta

Hormone hair food Jojoba oil

Triple action super grow

Supreme Vita-Gro

Luster's Sur Glo Hormone

B & B Super Gro

Lekair natural Super Glo

Lekair Hormone hair treatment with V itamin E

Isoplus Hormone hair treatment with Quinine

Fermodyl with Placenta hair conditioner

Supreme Vita-Gro with allantoin and estrogen plus TEA-COCO

Hask Placenta Hair conditioner

Nu Skin body smoother

Nu Skin Enhancer

The majority of these products contain placental extract, placenta, hormones or estrogen. As early as 1983 Dr. Devra Davis (epidemiologist and director of the Center for Environmental Oncology, part of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute) and co-researcher Leon Bradlow advanced the theory that xenoestrogens, synthetic estrogen imitators, were a possible cause of breast cancer. Davis also says, "most cases of breast cancer are not born, but made and the more hormones a woman is exposed to in her lifetime, the greater her risk of breast cancer."We need to be more cautious of the products that we use on our hair and our bodies and demand that more information about our health is shared.

Ladies and gentlemen beware. (E-mail the columnist at is a link with regard to the research.


Aquarian Thoughts said...

TGF being natural and using shea butter for everything. But I definitely need to find a new deodorant. They contain a plethora of chemicals, too.

muslimahlocs said...

thanks for the article. i forwarded the link to my family members and friends who are still addicted to the creamy crack.

Renea said...

Serious business. The research still conflicts. But I think with such a high susceptibility cancer, lupus, HIV and other auto-immune conditions, we really owe it to ourselves as a community to really scrutinize everything we put in-- or on-- our bodies.

Meikmeika said...

I agree with Renea...

Aquarian> I use the Thai Crystal which just consists of Sea Salt and water and it works pretty well. I also use a Jason Deodorant for the scent since the Thai Crystal is odorless.

n'Drea said...

Thanks for sharing this. I've read on Afrobella's blog about learning to mix our own hair and skin products using ingredients from the kitchen. We'll save more and suffer no side effects. I'm gonna look seriously into that. I read labels on the food I consume, but never applied that principle to stuff I use in my hair and on my skin.

Appreciate the informative articles you share from time to time. Keep it up.

muslimahlocs said...

of course, not a single family member responded!

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You Are Beautiful Now said...

Natural hair care products have a better chance of giving hair and scalp, the nutrients needed to be healthy. It is the best alternative providing better results.