Hair Dye Study Finds No Cancer Link

News — By on February 27, 2009 at 3:26 am

Women who dye their hair, even if they’ve dyed it for decades, have no greater risk of multiple-myeloma cancer than women who don’t, says a new study coauthored by a University at Albany professor. “The take-home message is encouraging,” says Erin Bell, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology in UAlbany’s School of Public Health. “We saw no association between hair dye and myeloma, nothing that says you should stop dying your hair.” Some previous studies have linked hair dye to cancer, especially in women who used it before 1980. That’s when manufacturers removed possible cancer-causing ingredients, identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as coal-tar derivatives. Other studies, however, have shown no link…

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