Research shows that there is a link between asbestos and cancer risk, particularly lung cancers and epithelial ovarian cancers. Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that is found in talc used to make talcum powders. Many women utilize talcum powder to reduce moisture in areas prone to sweating, including the genital area. Using talcum powder in this way can cause epithelial ovarian cancer.
Signs of Ovarian Cancer
There are different signs of ovarian cancer to watch out for. You may experience a couple or many of these symptoms, including:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Swollen abdomen
- Increased urination
- Vaginal bleeding
These are just some of the signs of ovarian cancer. Your gynecologist will monitor your health and assess your risk for reproductive cancers during your regular appointments and through proactive testing. However, if you have any symptom that concerns you or that you cannot explain, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor. You know your body best and if you suspect that something is wrong, it is worth ruling out any concerns. The sooner that ovarian cancer is detected, the better the prognosis.
Types of Asbestos
There are six different types of asbestos. Chrysotile asbestos is the most common type of asbestos used in the United States. It is found in a variety of consumer and household products, especially in the automotive and homebuilding industries. This includes cement, plastics, rubber, roofing supplies, brake pads, and asphalt. It can even be found in certain textiles that may exist within your home.
There are five different types of asbestos that fall into the amphibole family: actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite, and tremolite. Actinolite asbestos used to be utilized in drywall, insulation, and sealants. It is not utilized any longer, as it is known to be hazardous to human health.
Amosite asbestos is brown and comes from South Africa. It is still used in the United States although it is one of the most hazardous kinds of asbestos. You can find it in insulation, tiles, and plumbing applications. Its sharp and fine fibers can easily be inhaled and ingested into your body.
Anthophyllite asbestos is rare and not often used in consumer applications. However, it is one of the types of asbestos found in talc. Crocidolite or blue asbestos is the most dangerous type of asbestos. Fortunately, it is not commonly used because of its lower heat tolerance and is more dangerous than other types.
Tremolite asbestos was used in a variety of applications, including textiles and talc. It is no longer mined, largely because of its relationship for causing asbestos-related diseases, including cancer.
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Mesothelioma might be the best-known cancer associated with asbestos, though it is not the only cancer linked to asbestos exposure. It is a disease thought to be caused only by exposure to inhaling asbestos fibers. It causes a malignant tumor to develop in the lung lining and has a negative prognosis, with most patients dying 12 months after the initial diagnosis.
Asbestos can cause lung cancer. In fact, it is more likely to cause lung cancer over mesothelioma. This causes a tumor to develop in the lungs.
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Asbestos can also cause ovarian cancer and other types of cancer, often through direct exposure through consumer products. For ovarian cancer, many patients are exposed to asbestos by using talcum powder or baby powder.
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Common Points of Asbestos Exposures
There are many ways that people are exposed to asbestos. This includes:
- Occupational exposure: The most significant exposure for asbestos-related cancers is through occupational exposure, including those working as firefighters, plumbers, and home remodelers.
- Consumer products: Many consumer products can have trace amounts of asbestos, including talcum powder, paint, and textiles.
- Home improvement products: Home improvement supplies can contain asbestos. For homeowners living in older homes, some of the products that already are in use within homes.
These are just a few of the ways that people come into contact with asbestos and risk exposure. Many people do not realize that they suffered exposure to asbestos until they develop medical conditions related to asbestos exposure. If you believe that asbestos exposure led to developing a disease, you could be entitled to compensation.
Talcum powder is often used as a body product, especially by women and for use with babies still wearing diapers. Not all talcum powders are contaminated with asbestos, but some of the talc used to make talcum powder is. It is impossible to know which talcum powder contains asbestos without testing it in a laboratory.
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There is a link between asbestos and ovarian cancer through the use of talcum powder. If you want to learn more about possible options for legal recourse after an ovarian cancer diagnosis, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444.