Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: A Canadian case control study

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James Brophy
Margaret Keith
Andrew Watterson
Robert Park
Michael Gilbertson
Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale
Matthias Beck
Hakam Abu-Zahra
Kenneth Schneider
Abraham Reinhartz
Robert DeMatteo
Isaac Luginaah
11:87 (doi:10.1186/1476-069X-11-87)
Environmental Health
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November 19, 2012

Reports on a study seeking to contribute to a better understanding of cancer causation, particularly for work-related breast cancer. Found a statistically significant association of breast cancer risk with work in jobs classified as highly-exposed; 10 years of work in such jobs was estimated to increase breast cancer risk by 42 percent. For many specific sectors, with small numbers of women workers, there were too few people to show significant results, but for work in agriculture, metal-related manufacturing, automotive plastics, food canning operations, bars and casino work, statistically significant excesses were observed.

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ISSN 1476-069X
Summary prepared by Ellen Sweeney, National Network on Environments and Women’s Health in collaboration with the Canadian Women’s Health Network, November 2012.