The French National Health Security Agency (ANSES) issued a
press release September 19, 2022, announcing a link between asbestos exposure and laryngeal
and ovarian cancers. According to ANSES, between 150 to 170 diagnosis
of these cancers each year are attributed to exposure to asbestos.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) established the
causal link between laryngeal and ovarian cancers and exposure to asbestos
in 2012, but Alexandra Papadopoulos, scientific coordinator at ANSES stated
that during her research, the majority of medical providers she spoke
with were not aware of the potential link. “Asbestos is commonly
associated with cancers of the lungs and the pleura, neither doctors nor
patients make the link with other cancers”.
Several French health ministries are coordinating to develop Occupational
Disease Tables listing laryngeal and ovarian cancers as occupational diseases
to establish a Presumption of Origin help facilitate the link for patients
and doctors to determine treatment options and assist patients whose disease
was caused by asbestos who are seeking compensation.