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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Workplace stress may increase breast cancer

Today I'm happy I'm not the boss.

I just received an email stating this: A 14-year study involving 36,000 Swedish women showed that those holding highly demanding jobs are 30 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those working in less demanding positions.

The study between in 1990 and 2004 surveyed volunteers who were active in the workforce. It revealed that 767 of the volunteers had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was shown that full-time working women in stressful jobs were 30 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, but that there was no link between stress and breast cancer in part-time workers. Research suggests that stress may be linked to an increase in estrogen which increases the risk of cancer.

If there's ever an argument for reducing stress and finding work/life balance, this it. I guess it's no coincidence that the press release came from stress expert Dr. Terry Lyles who is quite willing to share tips for reducing stress. You can visit his website at


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