1 Updates
Hair dye chemicals linked to cancer
Photo Credit: JOSE CABEZAS, Getty Images

Hair dye chemicals linked to cancer

Feb 20 2013, 5:26am CST | by

London, Feb 20 (IANS) Hair dyes, which include home hair colouring kits and those used at pricey salons, are linked to deadly cancer-causing chemicals, warn scientists.

London, Feb 20 — Hair dyes, which include home hair colouring kits and those used at pricey salons, are linked to deadly cancer-causing chemicals, warn scientists. Hair dye has previously been tied...

Filed under: news

Full Story below YouTube Videos

 
 

 

1 year ago

Hair dye chemicals linked to cancer

Feb 20 2013, 5:26am CST | by

London, Feb 20 (IANS) Hair dyes, which include home hair colouring kits and those used at pricey salons, are linked to deadly cancer-causing chemicals, warn scientists.

London, Feb 20 — Hair dyes, which include home hair colouring kits and those used at pricey salons, are linked to deadly cancer-causing chemicals, warn scientists.

Hair dye has previously been tied to tumours of the breast, bladder, ovaries, brain and leukaemia. Increasing numbers of users are becoming allergic to their contents, sometimes with fatal results.

Chemicals in permanent hair dyes can react with tobacco smoke and other pollutants to create one of the most powerful cancer-causing compounds, the journal Materials reports.

With over a third of women and one in 10 men regularly colouring their hair, researchers say it is "imperative" that the risk to health is quantified.

However, the cosmetics industry has strongly disputed the claim, the Daily Mail reports.

The warning comes from scientists at Green Chemicals, a Leeds-based company that conducted a review of the chemistry surrounding hair dye.

In 2009, the Daily Mail reported that women who use hair dyes more than nine times a year have a 60 percent greater risk of contracting blood cancer. A year later the European Commission banned 22 hair dyes which put long-term users at risk of bladder cancer.

Chemicals called secondary amines, present either in all permanent hair dyes or formed in them, can penetrate skin and stay on the hair for weeks, months or even years after the dye is applied.

Over time, they could react with tobacco smoke and exhaust fumes, to form highly poisonous chemicals called N-nitrosamines.

Known to cause cancer, these are banned from use in cosmetics. But the Leeds researchers argue that they can still be generated via a simple chemical reaction.

David Lewis, study co-author and an expert in the chemistry of various dyes, said: "At this stage, we can't be sure of the amount of N-nitrosamines produced or the level of risk these compounds pose but it is clear a potential hazard exists."

"In the interest of consumer safety, it is imperative that a thorough and independent investigation is conducted to establish the levels of toxicity of these compounds and the potential risks," added Lewis.

A spokesman for Green Chemicals, which is about to launch its own "ultra-safe" range of hair dyes, said that despite numerous studies, the danger posed by chemicals in hair dye reacting with air has been missed or ignored until now.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's...
 
 
Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role
NEW YORK (AP) — Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide. Zynga...
 
 
Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient And Sustainable Homes Around The Globe
Recently, I interviewed Sheri Koones, author of the new book titled Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe, which features sophisticated examples of eco-friendly home design in...
 
 
Note to Airlines: Start Talking to Your Customers
When it comes to air travel, there’s certainly no shortage of bad customer stories. A report released last week by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund pored through five years of airline passenger complaints to the Department...
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Debra Messing has lost 20 pounds
Debra Messing feels great after losing 20 pounds. The former 'Will and Grace' star - who split from Daniel Zelman in June 2012 after 10 years of marriage, with whom she has 10-year-old son Roman - claims she didn't mean...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Apple's iPad Rules The Enterprise. So When's The Second Act?
Apple's iPad is a fixture in the enterprise market, the company is proud to say. During the investor call for its second quarterly earnings Apple CEO Tim Cook noted–as he has in previous earnings calls–that 98% of the...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role
NEW YORK (AP) — Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide. Zynga...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Courteney Cox sparks engagement rumors
Courteney Cox has sparked rumors she is engaged to Johnny McDaid. The former 'Friends' actress, who started dating the Snow Patrol frontman in September, was spotted wearing a huge diamond ring on her engagement finger...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Reports On The Death Of The iPad Are Greatly Exaggerated
Apple’s second quarter results were announced today by CEO Tim Cook (Mark Rogowsky has more coverage here on Forbes). As part of the earnings call, Cook talked about the sales and acceptance of the iPad. Sales are lower...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient And Sustainable Homes Around The Globe
Recently, I interviewed Sheri Koones, author of the new book titled Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe, which features sophisticated examples of eco-friendly home design in...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Note to Airlines: Start Talking to Your Customers
When it comes to air travel, there’s certainly no shortage of bad customer stories. A report released last week by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund pored through five years of airline passenger complaints to the Department...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Apple Splits Stock 7-For-1, Will Splash $130B In Cash On Investors
Talk about burying the lede. Apple announced a 7-for-1 stock split Wednesday, but not until the last sentence of a press release heralding an upsized capital return program to $130 billion and alongside the company’s...
Read more on Business Balla
 
John Baker's Desire2Learn Is Leading Education Transformation
A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape:  John Baker, Founder and CEO, Desire2Learn… Desire2Learn (D2L) is transforming education through technology.  The Waterloo,...
Read more on Business Balla
 
 
Auto Balla Sexy Balla Sport Balla TV Balla Politics Balla Movie Balla Apple Balla Business Balla Ad Balla Celebrity Balla