Exposure of artificial bright light at night on sleep pattern, biological clock rhythm and future risk of breast cancer

Cancer Science & Therapy

ISSN: 1948-5956

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Exposure of artificial bright light at night on sleep pattern, biological clock rhythm and future risk of breast cancer

9th Indo Global Summit on Cancer Therapy

November 02-04, 2015 Hyderabad, India

M Rajajeyakumar1 and A Janitha2

1Chennai Medical College Hospital & Research Center (SRM Group), India 2Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, India

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Cancer Sci Ther

Abstract :

Breast cancer is very common invasive cancer among women in the global. 18.2% of all cancer mortality worldwide, are from breast cancer. Breast cancer incidence is much higher in developed countries compared to developing nations. The lifestyle modification and diet habits of women in rich and poor nations are also contributory factors. A new dimension to the association between circadian rhythm disruption and breast cancer. Primary hypothesis was that breast cancer risk was more in females who work at night. Epidemiological studies in shift workers and flight attendants have associated chronic circadian rhythm disturbance (CRD) with increased risk of breast cancer. Shift working, jet lag and light at night can disrupt the internal biological clock and melatonin level leads to poor sleep, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression and other health problems. Night shift work could increase breast cancer risk by raising levels of circulating estrogen. Regular bright light at night can suppress melatonin production and essential vitamin D levels are reduced due to lack of sunlight. It is not vision, but rather some other photo transduction system in the retina that causes suppression of melatonin in response to light. It was initially thought that blind women might have a greater risk of developing breast cancer, because some studies have reported that they have earlier menarche and delayed childbearing age, both of which have been seen to increase the risk of breast cancer in women, yet these women have been found to have a lower risk of developing the disease. Preventing breast cancer the obvious choice, the women should be to stick to daylight hours and avoid bright lights in the middle of the night. They should be equally careful to avoid staying up too late checking their phones or watching TV, since artificial light of many kinds can suppress the melatonin that protects their bodies and keeps their hormone levels stable. Recent development of science in the near future, good quality of sleep can be recommended to the list of cancer prevention.

Biography :

M.Rajajeyakumar, MBBS, MD (Physiology), MSc Yoga, CCEBDM (PHFI), PhD, has completed his MD Physiology,(2006-2009) at (JIPMER- An Institution of National Importance under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India). He worked as research assistant (2009-2012) in Advanced Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education & Research Lab, and JIPMER. He did MSc yoga in Annamalai University and completed ISAK Level 1 & 2 (2010-11). He has published more than 28 papers in reputed national & international journals. He is serving as an expert reviewer (>20) and editorial board member (>18) in many national and international journals.


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