Advice needed so employers can reduce risk of female workers developing breast cancer

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date: 29 May 2012

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Commenting on a study published today (Tuesday) on the Occupational and Environmental Medicine website, which found that frequent night shifts are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'This study confirms previous research which has shown that shift work is now the second biggest cause of work-related cancer deaths after asbestos.

'We need urgent advice from the HSE and government so that employers can reduce the risk of female workers developing breast cancer, for example by indentifying safer shift patterns.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The study is available at http://press.psprings.co.uk/oem/may/oem100240.pdf

- TUC advice on dealing with cancer at work is available at www.tuc.org.uk/extras/occupationalcancer.pdf

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

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Media enquiries:
Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248 M: 07778 158175 E: media@tuc.org.uk
Rob Holdsworth T: 020 7467 1372 M: 07717 531150 E: rholdsworth@tuc.org.uk
Elly Gibson T: 020 7467 1337 M: 07900 910624 E: egibson@tuc.org.uk

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