Young Women And Job Risk

“A study came out yesterday that young women working in the automotive plastics and food packing industry are five times more likely to have breast cancer than their peers working in other industries.”

This study was on 1,000 women in Ontario who were tracked from 10 years. These workers were exposed to higher levels of exposure and body burden of carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals, which are chemicals that ct like estrogens and  other hormones. This study is the first of its kind to connect breast cancer in pre-menopausal women and the workplace and a variety of chemicals: styrene, acrylonitrile, vinyl chloride, phthalates, BPA, brominated flame retardants, heavy metals, some solvents, and complex chemical mixtures.

The study was released by United Steel Workers Health, Safety and Environment and published in Environmental Health and New Solutions.