How Does Asbestos Cause Ovarian Cancer?
When products made with asbestos become worn down or damaged, microscopic fibers are released into the air. Those nearby can then inhale or swallow the asbestos fibers without realizing it.
In cases of ovarian cancer, asbestos fibers enter the body through the reproductive tract. This may happen when women use asbestos-contaminated hygiene products like talcum powder. Since talc and asbestos are often found alongside one another in nature, talc-based products may contain stray asbestos fibers.
Once inside the body, asbestos fibers never leave. They can get stuck in healthy tissue and eventually cause cancer after years of inflammation and scarring.
Both the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) note that asbestos exposure may cause ovarian cancer.
Asbestos exposure was not recognized as a public health crisis until millions of people were already put in danger. Fortunately, women diagnosed with ovarian cancer due to asbestos exposure can pursue financial compensation and health care benefits today.