Hair dye use and multiple myeloma in white men

Am J Public Health. 1992 Dec;82(12):1673-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.12.1673.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Hair Dyes / adverse effects*
  • Hair Dyes / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Iowa / epidemiology
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Myeloma / chemically induced
  • Multiple Myeloma / epidemiology*
  • Multiple Myeloma / pathology
  • Population Surveillance
  • Registries
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • White People


  • Hair Dyes