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Asbestos and Ovarian Cancer

Asbestos and Ovarian Cancer

Although scientific data is limited, several studies have reported an increased mortality rate among women with ovarian cancer who have experienced occupational asbestos exposure in the past – specifically, amphibole forms of asbestos. So far, no increased mortality rate for ovarian cancer has been observed among women who only work with chrysotile asbestos.

The link between asbestos and ovarian cancer was first confirmed in 1982, when a case-control study was performed. Data from the study revealed that women with ovarian cancer were three times more likely to have used talcum powder on the genital area than patients without any ovarian malignancies. Cosmetic talcum powders are contaminated with amphibole asbestos fibers – including tremolite and anthophyllite. A pathology study performed a decade earlier also reported embedded talc particles in 75% of the ovarian tumors that were sampled.

Like asbestos, talc is classified as a hydrated magnesium silicate, meaning it has a similar structure to asbestos minerals, and produces a similar carcinogenic effect. More recent studies on asbestos exposure and the development of ovarian cancer have demonstrated further strong evidence that links asbestos exposure to the disease. However, medical experts are still conducting further analysis of risk factors and other aspects of the relationship between asbestos and ovarian cancer.

If you have further questions about asbestos-related diseases, please contact The Law Office of Brown| Kiely, LLP today or call (410) 625-9330 to speak with one of our experienced Baltimore asbestos lawyers.