Graveyard shift work linked to cancer - page 2

Graveyard shift work linked to cancer ___ American Cancer Society's list of known and probable carcinogens from IARC and National Toxicology Program: International Agency for... Read More

  1. by   SteveNNP
    Yeah, maybe hospitals will be forced to pay more for their valuable life-risking (not just cancer, mind you) night shift workers like me, if many people start thinking twice about taking that night shift position.
  2. by   OC_An Khe
    Stattistics such a lovely area to study. But yes night shift work has been for years none to have an impact on health. As the article points out it is the frequent going back and forth between day life and night life that is the bigger risk factor. so rotation between shifts should be avoided and permanent offf shifts should be the employment norm.
    Just curious are there a lot of rotating shifts still out there or have most employers gone to a permanent off shift format?
  3. by   gt4everpn
    [font=lucida console]uh,oh, new studies report that working the night shift may be detrimental to your health! i frequently work the night shift!!:uhoh21: is this a call to change shifts?? read more below!
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    http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007nov...cancer,00.html
  4. by   sirI
    Threads merged.
  5. by   FlyingScot
    I'm in really big trouble because not only do I work nights but I also suck diesel and Jet A exhaust the entire time. I think I'm going to jones for more pay so I can set up a "chemo account"!
  6. by   q12RN
    HMM... wonder if me working nights contributed to my WBC low at 2.5?
  7. by   Tait
    I think NOT working nights will have a much more detrimental effect on the population in the long run. I know my pts would be a lot worse off if capable, strong nurses weren't working with them and keeping them safe through the wee hours of the morning.

    I have a feeling this study is lacking a lot in the way of eating habits of most night persons, the number of people who actually keep a set night schedule on thier days off and those who try to flip/flop and compromise precious REM hours. If a normal dayworker decided to stay up all night and clean the house til 5am and then nap and go back to work, eventually this too would have a dramatic effect on thier life.

    Those of us who work our 12 hour night and then come home to clean the house, grocery shop, and play with the kids are putting a stress more complicated than simply "working in the dark". My fiancee works all day and I would venture to say the sunlight hits him less than it does as it streams through my window during my daylight sleeps.

    Our life is about choices, healthy, unhealthy and inbetween. No amount of compensation, society burdening lawsuits and griping will ever effect the way we deal with our own issues.

    Tait
  8. by   q12RN
    Our hospital only hires for day/night rotation. So you might work 2 nights then skip one and work dayshift. Its a real crappy schedule. I much rather prefer all days or all nights. I have done both, but flopping around makes you feel sick.
  9. by   madwife2002
    You know I have to say 'What isnt linked to cancer" everything seems to cause cancer for somebody-last week I heard eating Popcorn is linked to cancer. I give up

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