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Scary Study on Hair Dye & Breast Cancer: 3 Must-Know Facts

Before you pick up the phone to cancel (or schedule) your upcoming hair appointment, read this.

Young woman getting her hair dyed and highlighted.
    • Breast Cancer and Hair Dye Study: International Journal of Cancer. (2019). “Hair dye and chemical straightener use and breast cancer risk.”

    • Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Taking Charge: Who Gets Breast Cancer? (2019). UCSF Health.

    • News Release on Hair Dye Study: Permanent hair dye and straighteners may increase breast cancer risk. (2019). National Institutes of Health.

    • Newsweek Coverage of Hair Dye Study: McCall, Rosie. Breast Cancer Linked to Permanent Hair Dye and Chemical Hair Straighteners in Study of Almost 50,000 Women. (2019). Newsweek.

    • The Sister Study: What Is the Sister Study? (2019). National Institutes of Health.

    Lara DeSanto

    Lara DeSanto


    Lara is a former digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She continues to contribute to HealthCentral while she works towards her masters in marriage and family therapy and art therapy. In a past life, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at