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Study: FDA May Ban Formaldehyde In Hair Straighteners

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to ban formaldehyde as an ingredient in chemical hair straighteners, also known as relaxers.

Formaldehyde is a colourless, flammable, and strong-smelling chemical, most widely known for its use as embalming fluid. The National Toxicology Programme officially listed the substance as a known human carcinogen, or substance that causes cancer, in 2011.

According to the American Cancer Society, exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to cancer in both lab studies in animals and people. But in that time, formaldehyde has remained a common ingredient in relaxers.

Deputy Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute, Theresa Werner, MD, a professor of oncology at the University of Utah (the U), and Crystal Lumpkins, Ph.D., MA, investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute and associate professor at the U, discuss some things you need to know.

“I think this is an important step based on scientific research and data showing increased health risks, including cancer,” said Werner

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