2.21.2012

Relaxers = Uterine Fibroids?



I'm sure by now you've seen the video about the Boston study linking hair relaxers to fibroid tumors.  As a woman who uses relaxers, the study is eye opening but don't expect to see me doing "the big chop" or transitioning anytime soon.  As a health care professional, I know that uterine fibroids have an unknown etiology and "Because fibroids arise after menarche and become largely quiescent after menopause, they clearly are subject to hormonal stimuli.*"  I also know that correlation does not equal causation and just because black women are genetically more likely to develop fibroids than women of other races, it doesn't mean it's due to hair relaxers.  In fact, that statistic "may be confounded by other characteristics such as body weight and diabetes status*."  So like I previously stated, it's eye-opening of course but until more studies are done and more information from credible sources are released, I'm still going to relax my hair.     


For even more information about the study visit CurlyNikki.com, she was able to chat with Dr. Wise who is the lead author of the study.  


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