It's a tough decision having to choose between your career and your life because when it comes to breast cancer, some professions can end up doing more damage than the other. According to a report by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners titled 'Working Women and Breast Cancer: The State of the Evidence' many common professions have a hand in increasing the risk of breast cancer. Here are eight of them.
Nurses: Job stress is high among nurses who are expected to work long hours and do night shifts. In addition to this, exposure to chemicals such as ethylene oxide used in medical equipment makes them more susceptible to breast cancer. The study says that the breast cancer risk in women in the nursing profession is 50 percent higher than the general population.
Teachers: Multiple studies state that there is a high risk of breast cancer in women in the teaching profession. One study also showed an increased risk in women who taught languages and physical education. According to the report, teachers are twice as much likely to get breast cancer than the others. Contact with carcinogenic dyes and a lack of physical activity might be the culprit.
Women in the beauty industry: Cosmetologists, hairdressers and beauticians often work with chemicals used to smoothen and straighten hair strands. The toxin formaldehyde used in keratin treatments is a suspected human carcinogen. These women are also exposed to potentially toxic agents in hair dyes, nail products, lotions and detergents. They are five times more susceptible to breast cancer.
Librarians: A good part of their day is spent sitting, leafing through pages of books that may contain chemical dyes and inks. The report says that breast cancer risk in librarians is four times higher.
Journalists: Like librarians, most women in journalism (not the reporters) like feature writers and editors are stuck with desk jobs. With limited physical activity and high levels of stress resulting from a deadline-oriented job, journos are also four times more likely to suffer from breast cancer.
Radiologists: These technicians work in a high risk environment, handling radiological equipment all day. Exposure to ionizing radiation from these equipment increases their chances of contracting breast cancer. The report says that this risk is doubled among radiological technicians.
First responders: First responders are professionals working as police, fire-fighters, paramedics and military personnel who are expected to be the first to arrive at the scene of the emergency. One can only guess the level of stress associated with the job. They are also expected to at odd hours which can make their body clocks go awry. The risk of breast cancer associated with the job is 2.5 higher than the regular population.
Food and beverage production workers: Women working in food and beverage factories have also been shown to have elevated risk of breast cancer. These women are five times more likely to contract breast cancer.