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Florence Menegaux, Thérèse Truong, Antoinette Anger, Emilie Cordina-Duverger, Farida Lamkarkach, Patrick Arveux, Pierre Kerbrat, Joëlle Févotte and Pascal Guénel Night work and breast cancer: A population-based case–control study in France (the CECILE study) International Journal of Cancer 132

Version of Record online: 26 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ijc.27669

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Data on lifelong occupational history collected as part of a population-based study conducted in France was used to investigate the role of night work in breast cancer. The results indicate that night work increases breast cancer risk, particularly in women who worked night shifts before their first full-term pregnancy. The findings suggest that incompletely differentiated cells of the mammary gland before a woman's first childbirth may be particularly susceptible to the potentially carcinogenic effects of circadian disruption.

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