• Article

Hair dye use and multiple myeloma in white men

In recent reports, multiple myeloma has been linked to use of hair coloring products containing mutagenic and carcinogenic chemicals. A population-based case-control study in Iowa of 173 White men with multiple myeloma and 650 controls obtained information on hair dye use. Risk of multiple myeloma was significantly elevated (OR = 1.9) among hair dye users and was greatest among those using hair dyes at least once a month for a year or more (OR = 4.3). These data, along with results from other studies, suggest that use of hair dyes contributes to the development of multiple myeloma.

Citation

Brown, L. M., Everett, G. D., Burmeister, L. F., & Blair, A. (1992). Hair dye use and multiple myeloma in white men. American Journal of Public Health, 82(12), 1673-4.