August/September 2018 (vol. 15/2)

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Conference News: ICOH 2018

Shiftwork, cancer, back pain and more


The second part of our report from the 32nd triennial congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)1includes a round-up of the latest research evidence on shiftwork and cancer, back-pain management in the healthcare sector, death from overwork, the occupational health and safety challenges in Asia’s low- and middle-income countries, and the apparent decline of the ‘Nordic model’. John Ballard reports

Breast cancer – the shiftwork conundrum
In 2007, following an evidence review2, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classified shiftwork that included circadian disruption as a category 2A carcinogen – in other words, nightshift work was ‘probably’ carcinogenic – with the principle risk being for breast cancer…


Dr John Ballard, editor

Author: Ballard J


Occupational Health at Work August/September 2018 (vol. 15/2) pp34-41

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