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Friday, September 11, 2009

Breast Cancer Linked to Night Shift Work by Danish Compensation System

The Danish government has begun to pay compensation benefits to women who develop breast cancer after working night shifts and irregular work hours. So far approximately 40 women have received benefits according to BBC reports.

The Danish agency relied upon a finding of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) a unit of the the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) in concluding that night shift work was a probable cause of cancer.

The National Board of Industrial Injuries announced that, "Danish women with breast cancer who have worked night shift for usually 20-30 years and at least one night per week are encouraged to apply for compensation for their cancer disease."

Dr. Vincent Cogliano (photo) of the IARC said, "The level of evidence is really no different than it might be for an industrial chemical."

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