Working the overnight shift has been linked to an increased risk of developing cancer. Research has found that men who work night shifts have higher rates of prostate cancer, while women have higher rates of breast cancer.
The World Health Organisation declared night work a probable carcinogen. The designation was also endorsed by the American Cancer Association.
Is the Commission aware of this link between cancer and night work? Will the Commission step up support for research on how night work is contributing to cancer in the EU? Will it look into best practices and research on how night work can be made safer and what the maximum amount of safe night work is? In terms of employment, will the Commission publish guidelines on how night work is a risk factor for cancer so that employers and employees are aware of the risk?