7 Common Professions Associated With Higher Risk Of Developing Cancer

Date August 22, 2018 11:16

A career can undermine your health! According to a scientific research, certain chemicals, accumulated radiation, industrial dust, night shifts and some other factors can significantly increase the risk of developing cancer, rendering certain professions very harmful to people.

Here are 7 common occupations with increased cancer hazard.

1. Manicurist


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This profession tops the list of occupations that can cause cancer. Nail polishes, dust, and UV radiation can provoke the development of skin and lung cancer.

Recommendation: if you work in this field, always use protective equipment - gloves and masks.

2. Office professions

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Sedentary work is detrimental to health because it is closely connected to hypodynamia and a slowed down metabolic rate. An immotile lifestyle increases the risk of developing cancer up to 30%.

Recommendation: Do special exercises every two hours. Regular physical activity makes sedentary work less dangerous to our health.

3. Hairdresser

The main threat here is constant exposure to dyes and other hair care products. Long-term employment in this sphere is associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer and other oncological diseases.

Recommendation: try to work with quality cosmetic products containing a minimum amount of chemicals.

4. Pilots and flight-attendants


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Researchers at the University of Iceland found that airline pilots are 25 times more likely to develop malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. The detrimental factors include radiation, sunlight, and disruption of circadian rhythms when crossing multiple time zones.

Recommendation: if this is your career path, make sure to regularly have a full medical check-up.

5. Night shift work

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Our organism needs to stick to the natural biological rhythm. Otherwise suffers our immune system, which leads to the development of oncology. As suggested in one study, shift or night work greatly increases the risk of developing breast cancer in women.

Recommendation: try to switch to a more natural working schedule.

 6. Agricultural workers

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According to a research, people of this occupation are more prone to developing leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma, soft tissue sarcoma, as well as skin, lip, stomach, brain, and prostate cancer. Why? It is believed that agricultural workers are regularly exposed to hazardous chemicals, including pesticides, engine exhaust fuels, fertilizers, fungicides, and fuels. Also, their state of health is adversely affected by dust.

Recommendation: regularly undergo a full medical examination and lead a healthy lifestyle.

7. Construction workers

The main risk, in this case, is the exposure to asbestos. Small fibers of this mineral accumulate in the lungs over time, causing a condition called asbestosis. Long-term work with asbestos (more than 20 years) can cause mesothelioma, as well as lung, larynx, and ovarian cancer.

Recommendation: if you have worked in construction for a long time, do medical check-ups on a regular basis, to help you identify oncological diseases in a timely manner.

Recommendations for representatives of these "dangerous" professions

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1. If you spend most of your working hours outside, try to reduce the effects of UV-rays: try to work in a shade and make sure you are protected from the sun.

2. Avoid consuming alcohol, don’t smoke, lead an active lifestyle and keep your body weight in check.

3. Learn your optimal parameters. It will help you to notice unusual changes in time.

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And most importantly – if you notice any changes in your organism, don’t delay a visit to the doctor! Take your health seriously!

Source: Cancer Counsil, Cancer Recearch, Time, NCBI, Food for Breast Cancer

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