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Our comment on the study suggesting a link between night shift work and breast cancer

LauraE_BCC
Tuesday, 29 May, 2012 - 15:06

Commenting on an article published in Occupational and environmental medicine, a BMJ specialist journal: ‘Nested case-control study of night shift work and breast cancer risk among women in the Danish military', Jackie Harris, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, said:

‘The comparison of night-shift workers who identify themselves as ‘larks’ or early morning people in contrast to ‘night owls’ in this study is interesting.

‘However, far more robust research is needed to be able to draw any clear conclusion that this coupled with working frequent night-shifts over a period of time may be a significant risk factor contributing to breast cancer.

‘Breast cancer is a complex disease influenced by genetics and environmental factors as well as lifestyle choices.

‘The greatest confirmed risk factors for breast cancer remain being female, getting older and a significant family history.’

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As someone who has worked a

As someone who has worked a fair share of night shifts i find this very interesting

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