Sleep Off the Risk of Breast Cancer

Doctors are now prescribing a good night's sleep as a method to ward off the risk of developing breast cancer. Dr. Eva Schernhammer, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston says that melatonin secretion, a hormone secreted by the brain's pineal gland in response to darkness during sleep, might influence whether a woman develops breast cancer or not. In addition, sleep patterns may also directly impact tumor development and the overall effectiveness of breast cancer treatment. This diagnosis concurs with a study released today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study reveals that late-night shift workers are two times as likely to develop breast cancer, compared to their day shift colleagues.


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Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2005

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