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Long-term night shifts may double breast cancer risk
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Long-term night shifts may double breast cancer riskWorking night shifts for more than 30 years can double a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, scientists have warned. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, Canadian researchers assessed whether night shifts were linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

They studied 1,134 women with breast cancer and 1,179 women without the disease, but of the same age, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Kingston, Ontario.

Shift work has been suggested as a risk factor for breast cancer, but there has been some doubt about the strength of the findings, largely because of issues around the assessment of exposure and the failure to capture the diversity of shift work patterns.

Several previous studies have also been confined to nurses rather than the general population. The women, who had done various different jobs, were asked about their shift work patterns over their entire work history, hospital records were used to determine tumour type.

This may be important, said the authors, because risk factors vary according to hormone sensitivity, and the sleep hormone melatonin, disruption to which has been implicated in higher breast cancer risk among night shift workers, may boost oestrogen production.

Around one in three women in both groups had worked night shifts. There was no evidence that those who had worked nights for up to 14 years or between 15 and 29 years had any increased risk of developing breast cancer.

But those who had worked nights for 30 or more years were twice as likely to have developed the disease, after taking account of potentially influential factors, although the numbers in this group were comparatively small.

The associations were similar among those who worked in healthcare and those who did not. Risk was also higher among those whose tumours were sensitive to oestrogen and progesterone.

The suggested link between breast cancer and shift work has been put down to melatonin, but sleep disturbances, upset body rhythms, vitamin D or lifestyle differences may also play their part, said the authors.

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 Sources: The Indian Express

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