We knew it. There's more than just headaches, anxieties and trembling internal organs we get from the stresses at work. It's more than just sleep deprivation, and peaks of impatience. This recent study conducted in Montreal, Canada, says people who are more stressed in their chosen occupations have a higher risk for cancer.
published in Preventive Medicine conducted reports from different cases of cancer. The team interviewed 3103 incident cancer cases (11 types) diagnosed in 1979–1985 and 512 population controls.
Subjects were asked of their previous jobs, frequency of work-stress occurrence, and its reason. The experts concluded, workplace stress is associated with 5 out of 11 cancer sites. This was explored in the context of a population-based case-control study conducted in Montreal, Canada.
"Prolonged exposure to perceived stress at work was associated with greater odds of cancer at 5 out of 11 sites. While over reporting of stress by cases cannot be fully ruled out, these associations, if substantiated, would bear important public health significance. Prospective studies building on detailed stress assessment protocols considering all sources and changes over the career are necessary," written in the study.
The study revealed specification in odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of cancer risk in different cases. Researchers said, "employment in at least one stressful job was associated with increased odds of cancer of the lung (OR = 1.33, 95% CI: 1.01–1.75), colon (OR = 1.51, 95% CI: 1.15–1.98), bladder (OR = 1.37, 95% CI: 1.03–1.81), rectal (OR = 1.52, 95% CI: 1.10–2.10), and stomach (OR = 1.53, 95% CI: 1.08–2.15)."
This study shows that our health should not compromise for our occupations. Stress has long-term effect on human wellness, which should be our top priority since we only have one life, and there are thousands of job opportunities more worthy of our time, effort and well-being.