Ethnic Hair Care Products and Cancer

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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. I agreed to do the interview. However at the end of The taping I didn't know anything more about the study than before the Cameras started rolling.
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 Vitamin E
> Isoplus Hormone hair treatment wit 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.
The specialist's name is Dr. Devra Davis, the same specialist cited in the email above! If you want to hear the full interview: Chemicals, Cancer and You, you can listen at

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