Night shifts may up risk of common cancers in women

Women, who have been assigned night shifts at workplace for long, be a little concerned about your health. According to new research continuous shifts at irregular hours may increase the risk of common cancers among women. The researchers found that overall ,long term night shift work among women increased the risk of cancer by 19% Overall, long-term night shift work among women increased the risk of cancer by 19 percent.

When analyzing specific cancers, the researchers found that this population had an increased risk of skin (41 percent), breast (32 percent), and gastrointestinal cancer (18 percent) compared with women who did not perform long-term night shift work. After stratifying the participants by location, Ma found that an increased risk of breast cancer was only found among female night shift workers in North America and Europe. The disruption night-shifts cause to sleep patterns has an impact that’s seen at a genetic level, and can through biological processes into “chaos”.

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