Disease/Syndrome

Ovarian cancer

Category

Cancer, Occupational

Acute/Chronic

Chronic

Synonyms

Malignant neoplasm of ovary; Epithelial ovarian cancer;

Biomedical References

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Comments

"The single well-established risk factor for ovarian cancer is a family history of either ovarian or early-onset breast cancer, which appears to account for approximately 5 to 15% of all cases of the malignancy." [Cecil, p. 1319] See "Do we know what causes ovarian cancer?" on the website of the American Cancer Society. (Asbestos not mentioned.) "Occupational cohort studies have suggested that asbestos increases the risk and mortality of ovarian cancer. However, studies have had limited ability to control for confounding by factors other than age. . . . Supporting an association, asbestos fibers have been found in ovarian tissue." [Schottenfeld, p. 1018] "The Working Group carefully considered the possibility that cases of peritoneal mesothelioma may have been misdiagnosed as ovarian cancer, and that these contributed to observed excesses. Contravening that possibility is the finding that three of the studies cited here specifically examined the possibility that there were misdiagnosed cases of peritoneal mesothelioma, and all failed to find sufficient numbers of misclassified cases. The Working Group noted that the possibility of diagnostic misclassification had probably diminished in recent years because of the development of new immunohistochemical diagnostic techniques." [Hyperlink]

Latency/Incubation

Years to decades

Diagnostic

Histopathological examination;

ICD-9 Code

183.0

Reference Link

IARC Volume 100C (2012): Asbestos

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