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13 Oct 2017

Perms, chemical relaxers and other reasons why Black women suffer the most from uterine fibroids

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October 13, 2017 Category: Beauty Posted by:

Black women are three times more likely to have fibroids and tumors, according to recent research. The cause is believed to be linked to perms and chemicals relaxers.

A study done on 23,000 African American women showed that  women who used hair relaxing products were more likely to have fibroids. Specifically, fibroids may be linked to the chemical exposure through scalp burns that result from relaxers.

Girls who got their first period before age 10 were more likely to get uterine fibroids later in life, and early periods may also be linked to the chemicals in hair relaxers. A study was done on 300 women of various ethnicities and found that black girls were more likely to get their period at a younger age and more likely to use hair-relaxing products.

However, there is no specific evidence showing that the use of hair relaxers or early puberty cause fibroids. These things are linked only through association, in that women who use hair relaxer have a higher instance of uterine fibroids.

Family history

Because uterine fibroids have a higher prevalence in Black women, they may already run in the family, which puts women today at an even higher risk. If a woman’s mother has had fibroids, the daughter is about three times more likely to have them herself.

If you know that you have a family history of fibroids, it is wise to get checked and pay attention to any symptoms that occur in your own body. You may be able to be diagnosed earlier, saving you from time spent dealing with painful symptoms.

Other risk factors

While not necessarily specific to African-American women, other risk factors for fibroids include obesity and eating habits. Overweight women are more likely to develop fibroids, and for very heavy women, the risk can be two or three times greater.

Along the same lines, a poor diet can lead to a greater possibility of fibroids as well. Eating green vegetables may help protect women from developing fibroids.

What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow on or in the muscle of the uterus. By the time they are in their 40s, up to 40 percent of women develop fibroid tumors. But Black women are at three times higher risk. A study of 23,000 Black women showed that fibroids may be linked to the chemical exposure through scalp burns that result from perms and hair relaxers used by many Black women.

Other risk areas

If a Black woman is also overweight, obesity can increase the risk of fibroids and tumors up to 3 times greater. Other risk factors include a family history of fibroids, and a poor diet, which also leads to obesity. Up to 80 percent of Black women are affected by fibroids, but it is preventable.

Although women in general who use hair relaxers have a higher instance of uterine fibroids, a study of 300 women of various ethnicities found that Black girls were more likely to use hair-relaxing products and at a younger age. This can increase the risk of fibroids.

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