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The Occupational Diseases Committee of the Department of Occupational Injuries and Diseases recently examined the correlation between night work and breast cancer. Based on scientific research, it considered that there was not sufficient medical knowledge to confirm the existence of a link between night work and the risk of developing a breast cancer for women who, over 25 years, have been exposed to night work at most once a week. On the other hand, in cases of several night watches per week over a period of less than 25 years, the dossiers will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
In 2008, based on Danish and international scientific research showing possible links between night work during 20 to 30 years and the development of a breast cancer, the Department of Occupational Injuries and Diseases decided to recognise cases of breast cancer on certain conditions. It accordingly invited women whose claims had previously been rejected to present their case to the authorities again. 37 women affected by breast cancer had their claims accepted.