A study explores the occupations with the strongest links to breast cancer.
As the most common cancer among women, breast cancer’s potential triggers — from genes to behaviors to lifestyle and even environmental exposures — are relatively well studied. But researchers in Canada were interested in understanding how one factor in particular — the work environment — can affect a woman’s risk of developing the disease, and found that some jobs that expose workers to potential hormone-disrupting chemicals and carcinogens may contribute to a 42% higher risk of developing breast cancer compared with women who did not work in those settings.
The study included 1,006 women with breast cancer and 1,146 women without the disease living in Essex and Kent counties in Ontario, where there is a diverse distribution of agricultural and industrial occupations…
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