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The Foreigner Updated: High cancer risk for shift workers. Medical personnel on regular night duty are more likely to develop breast cancer, according to a new medical study. “The risk is 80 percent higher for nurses that have worked for more than five years, with at least six night shifts in a row,” Jenny Anne Sigstad Lie, researcher at the National Institute of Occupational Health (STAMI), tells Aftenposten. According to Mrs Sigstad Lie, the WHO’s own International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has already classified shift work as being a possible carcinogenic factor, but this is the first time a link has actually been identified.

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Updated: High cancer risk for shift workers

Published on Monday, 4th April, 2011 at 12:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th April 2011 at 13:42.

Medical personnel on regular night duty are more likely to develop breast cancer, according to a new medical study.



“The risk is 80 percent higher for nurses that have worked for more than five years, with at least six night shifts in a row,” Jenny Anne Sigstad Lie, researcher at the National Institute of Occupational Health (STAMI), tells Aftenposten.

According to Mrs Sigstad Lie, the WHO’s own International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has already classified shift work as being a possible carcinogenic factor, but this is the first time a link has actually been identified.

“Several functions in the body have rhythms regulated by time. People are programmed to sleep at night, and these bodily processes are disturbed if the circadian rhythms are altered. Many who work nightshifts also often suffer from sleep problems,” she says.

Even though the latest results are indications from just one single study, researchers also plan to widen their inquiries.

“We see a growing tendency to use shift work in ever-increasing numbers of sectors, and are also interested to explore prevalent forms of cancer amongst men.”

The study involved 1,594 Norwegian nurses who were educated before 1985. 699 were subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer between 1990 and 2007. The results are due to be published in The American Journal of Epidemiology.



Published on Monday, 4th April, 2011 at 12:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th April 2011 at 13:42.

This post has the following tags: nightshifts, breastcancer, nurses, norwegiannationalinstituteofoccupationalhealth, worldhealthorganisation, internationalagencyforresearchoncancer.





  
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