Could there be occupational and environmental medicine risk factors associated with ovarian cancer? Researchers in Montreal, Canada have compiled results that point to the possibility. Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Physician Dr. Eli J. Hurowitz discusses the research presented:
According to research conducted on behalf of Universite de Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, there may be environmental and occupational risk factors associated with a woman’s development of ovarian cancer. Between 2011 and 2016, the study collected information on 491 ovarian cancer patients. Each patient’s occupation and industry were investigated, with an industrial hygienist coding each. Specifically, the study sought out to take a closer look at an individual’s exposure to 29 prevalent agents that increase an individual’s likelihood of developing ovarian cancer. Shockingly, the findings uncovered that multiple occupations dramatically increase an individual’s chances of ovarian cancer risk. Such trades include:
- Hairdressers, Barbers and Beauticians
- Sewers and Embroiderers
- Salespeople, Shop Assistant and Demonstrators
- Construction Workers
Dr. Eli J. Hurowitz OEM explains that these patients have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, due to the high cumulative exposure of various agents assumed to be related to ovarian cancer. Individuals in these lines of work are more likely to be exposed to the following agents: cosmetic talc, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, synthetic fibres, polyester fibres, ethanol and more.