Ovarian Cancer Risk may be Higher for Women in Specific Occupations

Ovarian Cancer

According to a case-control research that was published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, specific occupations such as hairdressers, beauticians, and accountants may carry a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.

According to the research, those who work in the sales, retail, clothes, and construction industries may also be at risk. High cumulative exposure to specific agents, such as talc, ammonia, propellant gases, gasoline, and bleaches, may also play a significant effect.

There are not many known ovarian cancer risk factors that can be changed. The researchers note that while there have been relatively few studies evaluating the occupational hazards experienced by women, environmental factors, especially those related to the job, may enhance the risk.

And those that have frequently did not take into consideration previous employment history or included only a small number of participants, which constrained the results.

To try to avoid these problems, the researchers conducted an exploratory analysis looking at two aspects of the workplace environment: employment in a particular role or industry; and specific occupational exposures. They drew on lifetime employment history from a population-based case-control study.

They included patients in the PRevention of OVArian Cancer in Quebec (PROVAQ) study who had all been enrolled between 2010 and 2016 from seven Montreal hospitals after receiving an epithelial ovarian cancer diagnosis. patients in PROVAQ ranged in age from 18 to 79.

In total, 897 women without ovarian cancer were matched for age and electoral roll district with 491 of these women who met the inclusion criteria for the current study.

All of the participants’ sociodemographic background, medical history, list of prescribed medications, reproductive history, weight, height, lifestyle factors, and employment history were recorded.

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