When Denham Hughes was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March 2022, she was confused. She had no family history of the disease. She was 33 and otherwise healthy. Why had she gotten a cancer most commonly found in postmenopausal women? A possible answer emerged in the fall. Denham Hughes was scrolling through Instagram when she saw a video of a bald woman claiming her cancer was linked to chemical hair straighteners. It sent her down a Google hole where she found articles about how relaxers are associated with increased risk of certain cancers, fibroids, and infertility. “I was betrayed,” she says, wiping a tear from behind her glasses. “I shouldn’t have ramifications at 33 from a product I used at 5.”
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