A Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Ilorin, Folahan Adekola, has warned that dying of hair increases risk of cancer.
‎He stressed that hair dye formulations contained chemicals known as Yombo-fitta and Yombo-tumtum, which he said are freely sold in Nigerian markets for people to dye their grey hair and look younger.
‎The don said this while speaking with journalists in Ilorin yesterday, stressing, “These same dyes are also used for clothing materials.”
The expert further explained that research had revealed the presence of highly toxic metals such as lead, arsenic and other carcinogenic compounds in the dyes.
Adekola pointed out that, given the widespread use of hair dye products; even a small increase in risk may have a considerable public health impact.
According to him, “The International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, reported that hairdressers and barbers are at increased risks of bladder cancer due to exposure to these chemicals.”
He, however, suggested that it is important to eliminate human exposure for sustainable development in the country: “Especially human exposure to carcinogens and other toxic chemicals found in air, water and food and other consumer products.”

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