Rotating night shifts and risk of breast cancer in women participating in the nurses' health study.

  title={Rotating night shifts and risk of breast cancer in women participating in the nurses' health study.},
  author={Eva S. Schernhammer and Francine Laden and Frank E. Speizer and Walter C Willett and David J. Hunter and Ichiro Kawachi and Graham A. Colditz},
  journal={Journal of the National Cancer Institute},
  volume={93 20},
BACKGROUND Melatonin shows potential oncostatic action, and light exposure during night suppresses melatonin production. There is little information, however, about the direct effect of night work on the risk of cancer. We investigated the effect of night work in breast cancer. METHODS We examined the relationship between breast cancer and working on rotating night shifts during 10 years of follow-up in 78 562 women from the Nurses' Health Study. Information was ascertained in 1988 about the… CONTINUE READING
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