What Role Does Oxidative Stress Play in Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer?

Baby Powder Use Has Been Linked to Ovarian Cancer

March 12, 2022 - What is Oxidative Stress? When the body experiences an imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals, oxidative stress is the result. Oxidative stress in turn leads to cell and tissue damage. The aging process is due, in part, to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has also been found to contribute to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. A number of lifestyle factors can also affect oxidative stress; any time there is an imbalance of free radicals (molecules with one or more unpaired electrons) and antioxidants (substances that neutralize or remove free radicals by donating an electron). in the body, oxidative stress is the result. While the body generally maintains a balance between free radicals and antioxidants, although factors such as pollution, radiation, diet, and lifestyle can disrupt the balance.

How Does Oxidative Stress Affect the Body? In some cases, oxidative stress can be beneficial—like the oxidative stress resulting from physical activity, which has regulatory effects on the body that are extremely beneficial. In fact, the oxidative stress resulting from physical activity regulates tissue growth and stimulates antioxidant production. So, while mild oxidative stress can protect the body from disease and infection, long-term oxidative stress damages DNA, as well as the cells in the body. This type of long-term oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation—a level of inflammation that produces even more free radicals, creating a harmful cycle. When oxidative stress is the result of chronic inflammation, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and more can occur.

Is Cancer Caused by Oxidative Stress? According to JMAJ, oxidative stress is closely related to all aspects of cancer—“from the carcinogenesis to the tumor-bearing state, from treatment to prevention.” When oxidative stress exceeds the ability of the human body to reduce it, gene mutations can result, leading to carcinogenesis. Oxidative stress also makes the body more resistant to the treatments commonly used for cancer patients, such as radiation. It is believed that nutrition can play an essential role in the progression of cancer caused by oxidative stress. In western countries, it is believed that more than 65 percent of all cancers are the result of our diet, alcohol, and smoking.  

How Does Oxidative Stress Relate to Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer? According to Dr. Ghassad Saed, ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of cancer death, and the second most commonly diagnosed gynecologic malignancy. Early-stage ovarian cancer presents with non-specific symptoms, which is the primary reason most cases of ovarian cancer are not found until the cancer is in the latter stages. The balance between the production and elimination of oxidants can be altered, leading to an enhanced state of oxidative stress. This oxidative stress leads to an alteration of the body’s living cells. Exposure to inflammation, carcinogens, and toxins causes oxidative stress, which in turn, can cause ovarian cancers to form and grow. Cancer cells are known to be the result of oxidative stress which causes genome instability, cellular proliferation of the cancer cells, increased DNA mutations, and damage to DNA.

How an Experienced Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawyer Can Help - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may wonder whether your use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder with talc or Shower to Shower with talc is the cause of your ovarian cancer. If you used talcum powder for a number of years for feminine hygiene purposes, your ovarian cancer diagnosis could be tied to that use. It can be extremely beneficial for you to speak with a knowledgeable talcum powder ovarian cancer attorney to determine whether filing a lawsuit is right for you. Our attorneys can answer all your questions and help you make decisions that are the best ones for your future.

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