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Women who work night-shifts double risk of breast cancer

Published on 02/07/2013

Women working night-shift jobs on a permanent basis such as cleaners or nurses are twice as likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who work ‘normal’ hours, new research suggests.

Night-shifts may cuase sleepiness and anxiety

A study from Canada examined 1,134 women with breast cancer and 1,179 without the disease and researched their work patterns. From the woman interviewed a third of them had some history of night-shift work.

The study was conducted by scientists from the Queen’s Cancer Research and was published online by Occupation & Environmental Medicine.

The research concluded that doing more than 30 years of night-shift work doubled the risk of developing breast cancer. There was no indication that doing night-shifts for less than 30 years increased the risk of breast cancer.

The authors said: “An association between more than 30 years of night shift work in diverse occupations and breast cancer is supported here, consistent with other studies among nurses.

Breast cancer was recently revealed to still be the most common cancer in the UK, with 50,000 diagnoses each year.

"As shift work is necessary for many occupations, understanding of which specific shift patterns increase breast cancer risk, and how night shift work influences the pathway to breast cancer is needed for the development of healthy workplace policy."

The NHS recently confirmed that they would be offering the drug tamoxifen to women with a family history of breast cancer in an attempt to stop the UK’s most common form of cancer.

Private health insurance can give you your own room at a hospital of your choice as well as the latest treatments and drugs should you develop cancer.

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