Study: Hair stylists at higher risk for rare cancer
October 22, 1997
Web posted at: 6:15 p.m. EDT (2215 GMT)
EAST LANSING, Michigan (CNN) -- Hair stylists and others regularly exposed to chemicals in sprays, dyes and other hair care products are at higher risk of developing a rare form of cancer of the salivary glands, researchers said Wednesday.
A study conducted at Michigan State University analyzed information about 163 men and women who had been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer. They were compared with a control group from the general population.
Researchers found that the common thread between all the occupations and industries studied was exposure to inhaled chemicals.
For the cosmetology industry, that could include perming and wave-setting solutions, hair dyes or hair sprays.
Salivary glands secrete saliva in the mouth. Saliva aids in digestion, but little is known about salivary gland cancers, which strike only nine out of every 1 million people. Approximately two people out of those nine will die from the disease.
The study was published in the latest issue of the Annals of Epidemiology.