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Study: Breast cancer risk for night shift workers increased by 40 percent

Posted: May 30, 2012 |   Comments

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has commissioned research into reported links between working night shifts and breast cancer in women in an attempt to establish whether working at night increases the risk of chronic disease.

A number of studies have suggested that women working night shifts may be more prone to breast cancer. Fresh research from Denmark, covering women who have worked in the country's military, and published on Monday in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, showed that night shift work was associated with a 40% increased risk of breast cancer.

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