Ovarian cancer

Disease/Syndrome
Ovarian cancer
Category
Cancer, Occupational
Acute/Chronic
Chronic
Synonyms
Malignant neoplasm of ovary; Epithelial ovarian cancer;
Biomedical References
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
ICD-10 Code
C56.9

Symptoms/Findings, Job Tasks, and Agents Linked to This Disease

Agents

Hazardous agents that cause the occupational disease: