A lawsuit argues that a woman’s cancer was brought on by L’Oreal hair straighteners.

A lawsuit argues that a woman's cancer was brought on by L'Oreal hair straighteners. healthcareservices.vision

After utilizing L’Oreal’s cosmetics from around 2000, when she was ten years old, the plaintiff, Jennifer Mitchell, claimed she was given the diagnosis with uterine cancer in 2018. She requests that the court compel L’Oreal to pay general monetary damages and cover the cost of medical surveillance.

Using the French cosmetic company’s hair-straightening products, the Missouri woman suing L’Oreal SA claims she got uterine cancer.

After research by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Safety (NIEHS) revealed that frequent users of hair-straightening products may have a much higher risk of uterine cancer, the complaint was launched on Friday in a federal court in Chicago.

The plaintiff, Jennifer Mitchell, said that she began using L’Oreal cosmetics when she was 10 years old, circa2000 and that she was subsequently diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2018. She is requesting that the court compel L’Oreal to pay specific monetary damages and cover the cost of medical surveillance.

Diandra Debrosse Zimmermann, Mitchell’s attorney, said her business had served other customers with similar requirements. Given that “many women will be coming out in the coming weeks and months to demand responsibility,” she predicted that there will likely be more lawsuits in the future.

A request for a response from L’Oreal was not immediately complied with.

According to data provided by the federal government, uterine cancer is the most prevalent gynecologic disease in the country. Rates are growing, especially among Black women. Since Black women tend to use hair straighteners more frequently and start sooner than persons of other races, Che-Jung Chang, a researcher at the NIEHS, said last week that the new study may be especially pertinent to them.

Mitchell, a Black woman, claims that L’Oreal intentionally targeted Black women and girls with their hair-straightening products and neglected to alert them to the hazards, while knowing since at least 2015 that the products included potentially hazardous chemicals.

The corporation “profited, considerably” from “unethical and criminal behavior that prompted the plaintiff to acquire and frequently use a harmful and faulty product,” the lawsuit said.