Michigan Women in This Profession See 3 X Risk of Ovarian Cancer
While every profession comes with certain risks, there is one career choice that increases your chances of contracting ovarian cancer. A recent study conducted by the University of Montreal and authored by Dr. Anita Koushik shed some light on the topic:
Elevated risks were ovserved for a high cumulative exposure to 18 agents which are a large proportion of occupations exposed to 12 of these were (in this profession)
According to the University of Montreal study, those chemicals agents include talcum powder, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, hair dust, synthetic and polyester fibers, organic dyes and pigments, cellulose, formaldehyde, propellant gases, and naturally occurring chemicals in gas and bleach.
Michigan Women in This Profession 3 Times More at Risk for Ovarian Cancer
You may be scratching your head trying to think of which job would put you in contact with any of those chemicals daily. Well if you're head is still itching, maybe it's time to see one of these ladies for a shampoo and condition:
According to Dr. Koushik's research findings, female hairdressers, beauticians, and those with related jobs are 3 times more to contract ovarian cancer. The conclusions were based on the analysis of 491 women with ovarian cancer, who were between the age of 18 and 79 years old. They were then compared to an additional 897 women without cancer and who were otherwise healthy. Each group's employment history was categorized as either working for less than 10 years or more than 10 years.
Research continues whether or not a single chemical agent or a combination of them is what causes the increased risk. Other professions that are exposed to similar substances experienced similar results according to the study:
work in the clothng industry, including embroidery, was associated with an 85% heightened risk of developing the disease while working in sales or retail was associated with heightened risks, respectively, 45% and 59%.
If you're wondering what profession offers decreased risks, the research did discover that those women who work as nurses had fewer cases.