Working Nights May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer - Page 2
Limiting exposure to light during a person’s night shift may help blunt the effect on melatonin. If you work at night, and are exposed to light, then your body’s melatonin production shuts down. Because melatonin seems have a protective effect against breast cancer, it makes sense to limit light exposure, if possible, during night shifts.
While the results of this study are intriguing, more research is needed to shed more light on the relationship between shift work and developing cancer. In the meantime, people who are required to work nights can help reduce their risk of breast cancer by limiting alcohol consumption, increasing exercise and controlling weight.
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