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A new study conducted by Thomas C. Erren and colleagues indicates that working in shifts could cause cancer.

It is well known that short-term disturbances of circadian rhythms, such as jet lag, can impair a person’s sense of well-being, but can chronic disruption of biological rhythms lead to cancer?

Financial compensation in such cases can become a huge issue. In 2008, 38 women in Denmark who had worked the night shift and then developed breast cancer obtained official recognition of their disease as an occupational illness. They were awarded compensation.

The study conducted in animals and cell preparations indicates a possible link between shift work and cancer. However it is still unknown if these findings apply to humans. The connection between shift work and cancer has not yet been completely established.

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