Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Army of Women Study on Night Shift and Breast Cancer

An important new study on the relationship between working at night and breast cancer is being conducted by Dr. Susan Love's Army of Women. Please pass on to friends who may work the night shift. Thanks!

Dr. Love explains the study:

"In an age where everything is open 24/7, there's a growing number of women and men who now work the graveyard shift accommodating the night owls.  It's no longer limited to nurses and flight attendants! The clerks at Walmart, the 24-hour drive-thru windows and the customer service telephone operators that we call when our computer breaks or our WiFi goes down are working overnight hours as well. What these night workers may not know is that epidemiological research suggests that working the graveyard shift increases their risk for breast cancer. But the big question remains: Why?

Unfortunately, much of the research on breast cancer has been done in rats and mice! There are certainly some important findings that can come from this type of investigation; however, we have yet to hear of a mouse working the night shift. For this we need to study women!  And if we want to understand the connection between working the night shift and breast cancer we need to study women who work the night shift and compare them to women who work days.

The  Army of Women, a program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, is currently recruiting for the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study led by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  The research team is studying breast tissue samples from women who have not had breast cancer, who have worked either day or night shifts (stay-at-home mothers qualify as day-shift-workers; nurses, police women, firefighters, hotel workers, factory workers qualify as night-shift-workers) for at least five consecutive years to better understand how wake/sleep cycle disruptions may increase breast cancer risk. Later, the researchers will compare the samples collected from women who have not had breast cancer to breast tissue samples collected from women with breast cancer."

If you would like to be involved in the study or know someone who might be interested, please pass on the links below:

Learn more and sign up for the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study: <>

 To learn more about the Shiftwork and Breast Cancer Risk Study, click here: <>

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