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Senegal's Fashion Victims: Skin Bleaching May Cause Cancer, Expert Says

Ben Barnier


In richer countries people are increasingly comfortable, and successful, regardless of their natural skin color, but in many African countries like Senegal, trying to change one's skin color is still seen as a way to get ahead. From ads on highway billboards, to little stands in marketplaces, skin bleaching products are almost everywhere. They sell well, despite what public health officials say are grave risks of using them, including cancer.


Skin Bleaching; Senegal; Beauty

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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