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Hair relaxers have been linked to cancer among Black women, litigation says. ‘Nobody cares except us.’

Chicago Tribune
August 11, 2023

LaTonya Shuler, 50, of Indianapolis, had planned to have children. But at age 32, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. After six weeks of radiation and a hysterectomy for Shuler, a home health aide worker, her plans were dashed.

Now in remission, Shuler checks in with her physician once a year to make sure that the cancer that took away her ability to bear children doesn’t return. It wasn’t until Shuler’s sister mentioned that perms were bad — the same perms that Shuler had been “dibbling and dabbling” with since junior high — that she learned what may have caused her cancer.

“At the time, I didn’t know how I contracted uterine cancer, but then everybody started saying the perms that we use could be the cause of it,” she said.

Read more of Darcel Rockett's reporting in the Chicago Tribune.

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