A woman from the United States (US) is suing L’Oreal USA after contracting uterine cancer and having a full hysterectomy.
Why is the woman suing L’Oreal USA?
Jenny Mitchell contracted uterine cancer supposedly after using chemical hair straightening products sold by the company.
In the civil lawsuit, Mitchell stated that has been using the product for over 20 years. She found out she had uterine cancer and had to undergo a full hysterectomy.
Mitchelle is seeking damages from L’Oreal USA, the French cosmetics company and others.
Her lawyer stated that Mitchell’s case is one of countless in which companies ‘aggressively misled black women to increase their profits’.
A study established a link between uterine cancer and chemical hair straightening products
According to NDTV, the lawsuit comes just days after the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a study linking the usage of chemical hair straightening products with uterine cancer.
The study stated that women who use chemical hair straightening products over four times a year were twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than those who don’t use the products.
J&J to stop making talc-based baby powder – here’s why…
In other news, it was previously reported that the popular talc-based baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson will no longer be available come 2023. In 2020, the product came under fire in the United States due to ‘consumer safety lawsuits’.
Lawsuits claimed that the baby powder contained asbestos which is accused of causing ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson subsequently pulled the products from shelves in the US and Canada.
Reuters reports that J&J is facing thousands of lawsuits regarding its talc products and links to cancer. The company has denied all the allegations stating that decades of scientific testing and regulatory approvals have proved that talc is safe and asbestos-free. Read the full story here.
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