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Can Job Hike Breast Cancer Risk?

Tuesday, 04 Dec 2012 10:55 AM


Working in certain jobs and industries may increase the risk that some women will develop breast cancer, according to a new analysis of studies examining health in the workplace.
The review, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health, confirms that certain occupations that expose workers to potential carcinogens and endocrine disrupters are associated with a higher risk of breast cancer than others. Among them: Jobs related to agriculture, bars, gambling, automotive plastics manufacturing, food canning, and metal-working.
“Our results highlight the importance of occupational studies in identifying and quantifying environmental risk factors and illustrates the value of taking detailed occupational histories of cancer patients,” said lead researcher James T. Brophy, a health specialist with the Toronto-based Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers. “Mounting evidence suggests that we need to re-evaluate occupational exposure limits in regulatory protection."
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The study, conducted in Southern Ontario, compared 1,006 women with breast cancer referred by the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre with 1,147 randomly selected women who did not have the disease. Using interviews and surveys, the research team collected information on participants' occupational backgrounds. All jobs were coded for their likelihood of exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
The results showed women in low-paying jobs and other positions with potentially high exposures to carcinogens and endocrine disrupters had an elevated breast cancer risk. Premenopausal breast cancer risk was highest in the automotive plastics and food canning industries.
Researchers noted breast cancer is the most frequent cancer diagnosis among women, and North American rates are among the highest in the world. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and carcinogens are present in many working environments and could increase breast cancer risk.




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