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Night shifts raise risk of breast cancer, says Danish research

The Health and Safety Executive has commissioned research into reported links between working night shifts and breast cancer in women in an attempt to establish whether working at night increases the risk of chronic disease. The HSE has asked the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University to investigate the disruption caused to people’s body clocks by lifestyle and working patterns. It describes the work as complex and challenging.

Originally published on Guardian online by James Meikle on 28 May 2012 (link to original)