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Dye Danger Debunked

If you're one of the 55 percent of women whose hair color is not, um, completely your own, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Contrary to some frightening reports in the past, a new Journal of the American Medical Association study found that dyeing your hair does not increase your risk for most cancers. Researchers in Spain analyzed nearly 80 studies done throughout 38 years and found that people who dye their hair had no increased risk of bladder, breast and skin cancers. While they did find a slightly higher risk for some blood, lymph and bone-marrow-related cancers, this may not hold up under further scrutiny, says lead researcher Bahi Takkouche, M.D., Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

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