Choosing Disease For…Beauty?

Did you know that the choices you make for the sake of your beauty may be driving you toward disease? According to recent studies, darker hair color and chemical hair relaxers have been linked to an increased risk for developing breast cancer.

It was noted that those with the most risk were women who regularly used both dark hair color and compound relaxers. According to Adana Llanos, a disease transmission specialist at Rutgers School of Public Health, the best thing to reduce the risk of such disease is, “…we should be more mindful of the sorts of exposures [we have] in the items we utilize.”

Why is it that using these chemicals like these on our skin increases the risk of cancerous disease? It is commonly known that the skin is the human body’s largest organ, responsible for protecting us from the environment, while also helping to rid the body of toxins when the liver and kidneys are not effectively handling the job.

That said, the skin is also porous, and according to several studies, many of the chemicals that we put on our skin are absorbed into our blood stream. In fact, one study looked at the chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, and found more than 400 chemicals and 287 toxins present in these babies.

We live in a very chemical laden world, and it may be impossible to protect ourselves from these chemicals entirely. However, by following Llanos’ advice, and becoming more aware of what we are voluntarily exposing ourselves to, we can begin to reduce the risk and make better choices.

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