Asbestos exposure and ovarian fiber burden
Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
Copyright © 1996 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 29, Issue 5, pages 435–439, May 1996
How to Cite
Heller, D. S., Gordon, R. E., Westhoff, C. and Gerber, S. (1996), Asbestos exposure and ovarian fiber burden. Am. J. Ind. Med., 29: 435–439. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-0274(199605)29:5<435::AID-AJIM1>3.0.CO;2-L
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 JUL 1995
- Columbia Presbyterian Cancer Center
- environmental exposure
Epidemiologic studies suggest increased risk of epithelial ovarian cancer in female asbestos workers and increased risk of malignancy in general in household contacts of asbestos workers. Ovaries were studied from 13 women with household contact with men with documented asbestos exposure and from 17 women undergoing incidental oophorectomy. Ovarian tissue was examined by analytic electron microscopy.
Significant asbestos fiber burdens were detected in 9 out of 13 women with household asbestos exposure (69.2%), and in 6 out of 17 women who gave no exposure history (35%). Three exposed women had asbestos counts over 1 million fibers per gram wet weight (23%), but only 1/17 women without an exposure history had a count that high (6%). Although asbestos has been documented as a contaminant of some older cosmetic talc preparations, the chrysotile and crocidolite types of asbestos we detected are more indicative of background and/or occupational exposure.
This study demonstrates that asbestos can reach the ovary. Although the number of subjects is small, asbestos appears to be present in ovarian tissue more frequently and in higher amounts in women with a documentable exposure history. © 1996 Wiley-Liss, Inc.