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However, too few studies have confirmed the results to be considered conclusive, and other international studies looking at a possible link between hair dye and breast cancer, bladder cancer and NHL sub-types have shown conflicting results.
Likewise, some high-profile studies have shown that professional hairdressers have an increased risk of bladder cancer that may be due to occupational exposure to hair dye, but it is still too early to know for sure if personal hair dye increases the risk for bladder cancer.
Lynette Summerill, an award-winning writer and scuba enthusiast lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two canine kids. In addition to writing about cancer-related issues for EmpowHER, her work has been seen in newspapers and magazines around the world.
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