Breast cancer and work: Why research and preventive action are needed
Results from two recently published Canadian studies on breast cancer and occupation predict that women employed for ten years in occupations assessed as potentially having high levels of exposures to breast carcinogens and EDCs would have a 42% elevated breast cancer risk after controlling for many known or suspected risk factors. Farming, automotive plastics, food canning, metalworking, and bars and casinos all showed a significant elevated risk. A particularly high risk was observed for premenopausal women employed in the automotive plastics industry and food canning.
Learning Areas:Occupational health and safety
Describe recently published studies on breast cancer and occupation with special emphasis on the exposures of women working in the automotive plastics industry. Discuss the current barriers to addressing the breast cancer epidemic in occupational settings. Discuss possible opportunities and strategies that might contribute to reducing the breast cancer risk of women due to occupational and environmental exposures.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the co-principal investigator along with Dr. Margaret Keith of the breast cancer case control study and a concurrent qualitative study that examined the link between occupational exposures and breast cancer risk. The other research team members are as follows: Andrew Watterson, Robert Park, Michael Gilbertson, Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Matthias Beck, Hakam Abu-Zahra, Kenneth Schneider, Abraham Reinhartz, Robert DeMatteo and Isaac Luginaah
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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