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The Link between Asbestos and Ovarian Cancer

Doctors and researchers have proven that asbestos causes diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma, and likely contributes to throat, esophageal, and gastrointestinal cancer. Recently, studies have shown that asbestos may be harmful in even more ways than these. A link has been established between asbestos exposure and ovarian cancer.

Women Exposed to Asbestos

The majority of people who suffer from asbestos-related cancers are men, because the fields that involve the highest rates of asbestos exposure (shipping and construction) are historically male-dominated. This does not mean that women have been fully protected from asbestos, however. Many women have been exposed to asbestos, but in different ways.

For example, talcum power is a widely used in cosmetics and childcare. Unfortunately, in the past it often contained amphibole asbestos fibers. In 1982, a study found that women who used this particular kind of talcum powder were three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

Additionally, many women have worked as school teachers in buildings that were insulated with asbestos. Since even a single exposure to asbestos can carry health risks, working in an asbestos-contaminated building for day after day, year after year caused a number of women to become seriously ill later in their lives.

Finally, when men came home from jobs that involved asbestos, they may have carried the microscopic fibers on their clothing. Women who did the laundry for their families were often unknowingly exposed to the carcinogen this way.

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Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women. While we do not yet know definitively whether asbestos causes this deadly disease, we do know that it is dangerous. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please fill out the contact form on the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center website today.

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