Myth No. 2: Using hair relaxers increases the risk of breast cancer in African-American womenFact: While breast cancer is less prevalent in African-American women than Caucasians, if an African-American is diagnosed with the disease her fatality rate is 37 percent higher than a white woman's. In fact, African-American women have the highest breast cancer mortality rate of all ethnic groups, according to the ACS. In 2007, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) set out to discover if the chemicals in hair relaxers commonly used by African-American women to straighten their hair could be to blame. The NCI conducted a study looking at African-American women who had used relaxers seven or more times every year for at least 20 years. The study's conclusion? You can head to the hair salon without fear. There is no link between hair relaxers and breast cancer.
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