AFP, published on Saturday 22 October 2022 at 02:09
An American woman who has long used hair straightening products and is currently being monitored for uterine cancer filed a civil complaint against L’Oréal on Friday, her lawyers announced, shortly after the publication of a study establishing a link between the two.
Prominent attorney Ben Crump launched the lawsuit on behalf of Jenny Mitchell, who used “these dangerous products” on her hair for nearly two decades, the attorney said in a statement, before she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, for which she underwent surgery. a hysterectomy, a complete removal of the organ.
Straightening products used to straighten hair, especially by black women, pose an increased risk of uterine cancer, a major new study from the US Institutes of Health, published Monday and cited in the attorneys’ opinion, concluded.
Uterine cancer (not to be confused with cervical cancer) is a relatively rare form of cancer, but its incidence is increasing in the United States, especially among black women.
Those who frequently use these products — more than four times a year — see their risk of developing uterine cancer more than double, according to this work.
The civil suit, filed on Friday, specifically seeks damages from the US division of French cosmetics giant L’Oréal as well as other companies.
“We will undoubtedly find that the tragic case of Mrs. Mitchell is one of many where companies have aggressively defrauded black women to increase their profits,” lamented Mr. Crump, known for his defense of many black families in cases about police brutality. .