Monday, December 3, 2007

Hair care products used by African-Americans

At least two months ago WPXI contacted me to do an interview
about ingredients in hair care products used by African-Americans
possibly leading to breast cancer. I was selected because I am a
15-year breast cancer survivor. I agreed to do the interview. However at the
end of the taping I didn't know anything more about the study than before
the cameras started rolling.

Recently WAMO news anchor and New Pittsburgh Courier freelance
writer Allegra Battle did a story on this same subject and it was a
feature on the May 9, 5 p.m. KDKA news. But at the end of these
stories we still did not have a list of the products. Battle
gave me the list that didn't make her feature during a recent visit I
made to the WAMO studio's promoting the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure.
So many of my friends have seen the stories on television or read about
this issue in the paper and they want to know which products to be
concerned about.

However I wanted to give you more so I went to the Internet and
looked for articles from the Center for Environmental Oncology and
found one entitled: Why Healthy People Get Cancer: Center Examines
Environmental Suspects (update Spring 2005).

The article stated, one of immediate research priorities of the
new Center is the puzzling phenomenon of breast cancer in
African-Americans under the age of 40, who have nearly twice as much
breast cancer as do white women.

The center will work with Silent Spring Institute, a
Massachusetts based cancer institute, to identify suspect contaminants
and ingredients in hair care products and other personal products
regularly used by African-American young women and their mothers.

More recently, attention has turned to estrogenic compounds in
hair care products used by Black women as a possible explanation for
higher cancer rates in this population. I've started to carry copies
of the list in my purse but we're going to share it with you right here.
The list simply says: The following is a list of products that have
previously been found to contain hormones:

Placenta Shampoo
Queen Helene Placenta cream hair conditioner
Placenta revitalizing shampoo
Perm Repair with placenta
Proline Perm Repair with placenta
Hormone hai r food Jojoba oil
Triple action super grow
Supreme Vita-Gro
Luster's Sur Glo Hormone
B & B Super Gro
Lekair natural Super Glo
Lekair Hormone hair treatment with Vitamin E
Isoplus Hormone hair treatment wit Quinine
Fermodyl with Placenta hair conditioner
Supreme Vita-Gro with allantoin and estrogen plus
Hask Placenta Hair conditioner
Nu Skin body smoother
Nu Skin Enhancer

The majority of these products contain placental extract,
placenta, hormones or estrogen.
As early as 1983 Dr. Devra Davis (epidemiologist and director
of the Center for Environmental Oncology, part of the University of
Pittsburgh Cancer Institute) and co-researcher Leon Bradlow advanced
the theory that xenoestrogens, synthetic estrogen imitators, were a
possible cause of breast cancer.

Davis also says, 'most cases of breast cancer are not born, but
made and the more hormones a woman is exposed to in her lifetime, the
greater her risk of breast cancer.'

We need to be more cautious of the products that we use on our
hair and our bodies and demand that more information about our health
is shared. Ladies and gentlemen beware.
(Email the columnist at debbienorrell.Com.)

Thanks, Linda for the info. Below I've added a link with regard to the research. ~~BBA

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