Night Shift And Cancer - page 7

"The researchers studied 78,586 women taking part in a long-running program called the Nurses' Health Study. The nurses who worked night shifts at least three times a month for 15 years or more had a... Read More

  1. by   JMP
    We work 2 weeks nights and then 2 weeks of days. 12 hour shifts.

    I know the time I work nights, I feel lousy, don't sleep well. When I take vacation time I ALWAYS try to schedule it on nights.

    I have read study after study that link breast cancer with night shifts. THe one study I recall looked at shift workers who worked YEARS of nights....which greatly increased risk.

    Living well, eating well and excerise can help but night shifts over the long term........ cause alot of problems, least of which is cancer.

    I plan on making my jump to days, when I am finished my degree... two years from now. The problem is, I love critical care and a day job means leaving the critical care setting.... In the meantime, I try to take vacation when I am on nights, eat right and GO TO THE GYM. It is manditory we take GOOD CARE OF OURSELVES!
  2. by   Tookie
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Too many studies have shown night shift workers have more health problems. Whether it be a hormonal thing, a circadian rhythm thing or bad habits who knows. That said, I think if a night shift worker sleeps uninterrupted, exercises, eats right, etc. there won't be any ill effects from working nights.

    Too many night workers I've seen a nappers, don't sleep uninterrupted a good 8 or whatever hours their body needs.

    I'm voting on a combination of poor habits coupled with the stress of working nights on the body.

    I agree - l am still after 3 and half years of giving up nights suffering from poor sleeping habits - I frequently have some type of medication to get me to sleep - or back to sleep - I am curently trying a herbal tea - (not camoimile) - however until my general health is sorted out l will probably continue with the medication most of the time.

    I fully admit to my bad habits - but it is a bit like the chicken and egg - which creates which

    bad habits - due to nursing hours - poor health due to bad habits - due to nursing - Guess l could give up nursing - its only been 35 years - the way life is going l wont be able to retire until yet - should be able to work at least another 25 - By then there wont be enough people around to help support us in our old age!!!
  3. by   allgirlsmom
    Wouldn't you love to go up to a hospital administrator and tell them you need a $20,000 a year raise to compensate for the adverse affects of shift work on your health. The studies don't lie after all and it is only fair. I would love to here the answer to that!
  4. by   allgirlsmom
    Sorry- hear- typo.
  5. by   oraibi
    Originally posted by Sandra m.

    I agree - l am still after 3 and half years of giving up nights suffering from poor sleeping habits - I frequently have some type of medication to get me to sleep - or back to sleep - I am curently trying a herbal tea - (not camoimile) - however until my general health is sorted out l will probably continue with the medication most of the time.

    hi Sandra,

    i've tried a lot of things over the years . . . currently using several hearbal remedies myself . . . but the thing which has produced the most measurable benefits in terms of balancing ~ health ~ physical ~ mental ~ emotional ~ spiritual ~ is a chinese practice known as Qigong (or chi gung or chi kung, various spellings)

    i was lucky enough to find a chinese qigong master teaching in a city nearby . . . if you are interested and can't find someone locally i know master Chunyi Lin has produced a number of home study materials

    master Lin is a very sincere, genuine human being and has an impressive track record of healing people who have been sent home to die by the medical system

    i believe the mayo clinic is doing some kind of study on master Lin and the healing power of qigong

    his mission is to share this knowledge with as many people as possible and his goal is "a healer in ever family and a world without pain"

    (among many other things, i use qigong to help me with working nights and sleeping)

    to good health!

    scroll down past the course dates for individual materials:

    http://www.anokaramsey.edu/cr-cect/s...es/qigong.html

    or, to read more . . . (complete home study course offered):

    http://www.potentools.com/body/qigong/
  6. by   woodymic
    I've worked nights for about four years. I recently tok leave and had a baby, and I don't think I can go back to nights. While actually working the nights, I thought I was doing all right. Now that I'm back to sleeping nights I can see that I was a total zombie with no social life, and well on my way to being a hermit. I'm only 32, but have had many and varied health problems while working nights, including a very difficult pregnancy. Darn! The night shift gals are the best in the building, and I'll really miss being able to complete my assignments with no 'suit' intereference.
  7. by   passing thru
    My understanding is that colon cancer is associated with obesity, lack of exercise, red meat diets, (people who eat red meat 3-4 times per week)..and smoking.
    I think the night shift crew is heavier. They get tired and are snacking a lot- - - to get their energy levels up.
  8. by   JMP
    Originally posted by passing thru
    My understanding is that colon cancer is associated with obesity, lack of exercise, red meat diets, (people who eat red meat 3-4 times per week)..and smoking.
    I think the night shift crew is heavier. They get tired and are snacking a lot- - - to get their energy levels up.
    Reseach is showing that eating red meat is not a factor in colon cancer- yes excerise is indicated as a prevention factor...as is a diet high in fruit and vegetable intake. However, regular exercise, eating lots of fruits and veggies and watching your weight all go together.... and make for a healthly lifestyle.



    Another strong factor is Vitamin D- which is of course the sunshine vitamin and it is a strong indicator in colon cancer. If people live in southern states- and have regular doses of sunshine....their risk of colon and breast cancer are much lower.

    I am sure working nights and not getting much sunshine is part of it- however, an even higher indicator is hormonal stressors, etc working nights.

    Make no mistake working nights is not good for your overall health in the long term.
  9. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by passing thru
    My understanding is that colon cancer is associated with obesity, lack of exercise, red meat diets, (people who eat red meat 3-4 times per week)..and smoking.
    I think the night shift crew is heavier. They get tired and are snacking a lot- - - to get their energy levels up.
    Actually the colon cancer/ night shift connection has more to do with a disruption in the meletonin production than diet according to recent studies. Makes sense to me:

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/condi...htshifts.reut/
  10. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    So then, not only do we have one of the most hazardous jobs in terms of:
    (a) abuse & violence
    (b) stress
    (c) COSHH (control of substance hazardous to health): ie toxins such as drugs, oxygen, boldily fluids, cleaning fluids, sharps, etc
    (d) Inadequate staffing level = possible unsafe practice, more of the above
    (e) Low moral, poor support and crap wages
    (f) Moving & Handling

    Due to putting strain on the body because of shift work, we also have a higher risk factor of premature DEATH.

    Nice to know isn't it.
    :chuckle You've gotta larf (or cry)!
  11. by   nec
    does anyone know if there is research out including men as nurses working 11-7 and ca thanks nec


    everthing happens for a reason
  12. by   Momma_Penguin
    I almost always worked the night shift. I can understand the havoc it does to your body, esp the sunlight deprivation. But where I work we have lost a few workers( I still count them evn though they may have left our employ) and actually they died from heart attacks or heart related ailment. It is an interesting study. And it scares the crap out of us night turn nurses. But I would think those rotating shifts , like my hubby does would be far worse on your system. I mean he switches shifts every week. I am getting more sunlight these days though as I am doing work on the daytime shift part of the month. But the study still scares me some. Laura LPN
  13. by   Momma_Penguin
    :chuckle I think I know the answer to that request....:roll It would be... Go find a new job....LOL Shame too, I could use a raise. Laura LPN

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