Working shifts increases breast cancer risk but prostate cancer

A new study conducted on vast scale has given a sigh of relief for people working in shifts. Quashing the previous studies, a new research has revealed that working in shifts isn’t linked with prostate cancer risk. However, the new study do acknowledges the fact that shift workers do possess higher risk of other cancers including breast cancer when compared to their regular working counterparts.

Gael P Hammer analysed the personnel and health data of nearly 28 000 employees of a chemical company in Rhineland-Palatinate between 1995 and 2005. After analysing the data, researchers found that nearly 340 people developed prostate cancer, however there wasn’t any direct link as nearly equal number of shift and day workers developed prostate cancer.

Researchers said that numerous previous studies that found interlink between working in shifts and prostate cancer were conducted on a very smaller scale. Also, those studies were mostly based on animal experiments models thus they do not draw a realistic outline.

Moreover, according to a survey nearly one in every six working population work shifts. Apart from cancer risk, shift working also trigger several other health related issues including stress, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.

The study appeared in Deutsches Arzteblatt International.

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