What are other risk factors for ovarian cancer in addition to using hair relaxers?

Also known as the silent killer, ovarian cancer is often mistaken for more common health conditions, which is why it has a very high mortality rate. It accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. While using hair relaxers in which endocrine-disrupting chemicals lurk is a significant ovarian cancer risk factor, there are many others, such as using talcum powder, having children later in life, and taking hormone therapy.

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A woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer during her lifetime is 1 in 78

Every year, approximately 20,000 women receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in the U.S. While the number of cases is relatively small, this disease is often fatal, with less than 50% of women with ovarian cancer surviving for five years or longer. One of the reasons why ovarian cancer is so deadly is that because its symptoms resemble those of more common and less serious health conditions, women often get misdiagnosed, and the disease reaches very advanced stages when treatment becomes ineffective.

Using chemical hair relaxers can greatly increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Still, there are other important risk factors for ovarian cancer, such as:

  • being overweight or obese
  • having children later in life
  • taking hormone therapy after menopause
  • never having children
  • being elderly
  • having a family history of breast cancer
  • undergoing fertility treatments
  • having a personal history of breast cancer
  • cigarette smoking
  • having a family history of colorectal cancer
  • asbestos exposure
  • using talcum powder
  • having the faulty genes BRCA 1 or BRCA2
  • endometriosis and diabetes

You can lower your ovarian cancer risk by immediately ceasing the use of chemical hair relaxers and eliminating the lifestyle factors that increase it, such as obesity, smoking, asbestos exposure, and talcum powder use. Other things that were found to decrease ovarian cancer risk include using oral contraceptives for five years or longer, giving birth and breastfeeding, and having a tubal ligation or a hysterectomy. It is crucial to seek medical assistance if you believe you experience the symptoms of ovarian cancer, which include abdominal swelling, changes in bowel habits, and quickly feeling full after eating. The sooner the disease is found, the better your prognosis will be.

We offer top-notch legal services to women with ovarian cancer due to toxic hair relaxers

In the unfortunate event that you developed ovarian cancer as a result of using chemical hair relaxers, we advise you to get in touch with our skilled attorneys, who have over 30 years of experience in toxic exposure and defective product cases. They will help you find out whether you are entitled to financial compensation from the companies whose products you bought. To initiate the legal process, you will only have to provide our resourceful legal team with your medical records stating your diagnosis and proof of having used hair relaxers in the form of receipts or hair salon bills.

If you are too ill to participate in the legal process or if you have to undergo a medical procedure, you can rest assured that we will continue to work on your claim if we determine that you are eligible. A family member can step in and help with the process until you feel better again, and our compassionate team will do their best to accommodate you, as we regularly work with cancer patients whose health was compromised by the negligence of manufacturers. Our attorneys will go to great lengths to obtain the most favorable results for your case.

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