NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Has an employer ever asked you to do something that violated your code of ethics as a safety professional?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Study finds no connection between work stress and cancer

    February 13, 2013

    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Stockholm – Work-related stress may not be linked to colorectal, lung, breast or prostate cancer, finds a new study from the IPD-Work Consortium, a project created to examine the link between work factors and health using data from 17 European cohort studies.

    Researchers analyzed 12 studies involving more than 116,000 people between 17 and 70 years old who lived throughout Europe. They categorized stress by levels of job strain, which is a type of stress associated with high-demand, low-control jobs. A total of 5,765 participants – 5 percent – developed cancer within the 12-year follow-up, and researchers found no evidence that job strain increased the risk of cancer.

    The conclusion conflicts with other studies that have suggested an association between stress and certain cancers. Researchers speculated that previous studies that found an association between cancer and stress may have been chance findings, or the cancer was linked to an underlying factor, such as shift work, according to a press release from British Medical Journal.

    The study was published online Feb. 7 in the journal BMJ.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.