Chicago Tribune: Could hair dyes, relaxers raise breast cancer risk?
Rating: 4.5 Stars
- The question raised in the headline is clearly addressed in the article.
- The article is easy to read and follow: the author starts out with the problem (are hair products harmful), shares results from the current study, and lists some limitations. There is a through description of the study (how the data was collected and how the participants were recruited), what variables were looked at, and summary of the results.
- Which type of hair products increased risk were clearly stated as were several limitations to the study.
- The article contains quotes from the lead researcher of the study.
- An opposing viewpoint was presented (Personal Care Products Council) with a caution on interpreting the results of this study.
Fox News: Certain hair products may increase your risk of breast cancer
Rating: 3.5 Stars
- The headline matches the article, and allows for the possibility that only certain hair products increase risk.
- The author does cite disagreement in this area, specifically the National Cancer Institute.
- Links are included to the study and other sources listed.
- Very short discussion of the study design and findings.
Medical News Today: Hair dyes, relaxers tied to raised breast cancer risk
Rating: 3.5 Stars
- While the headline is the focus of the study, the wording could mislead readers into thinking all hair products will raise BC risk. This is only one study, and not all hair dyes and relaxers are proven to raise breast cancer risk.
- The article is easy to read and the graphics are eye-catching.
- The author does point out those factors not under a woman’s control such as age and family history versus use of hair products which you can control.
- There is very little description of how the initial data was collected or limitations of the study.
- There is no opposing viewpoint shared, nor are comments from the study authors included.