Simple Summary This narrative review provides new insights, and it reports the current state of knowledge on occupational cancers among women based on previously published research, particularly in three female working categories: beauticians and hairdressers, farmers, and healthcare workers. Finally, a focus on breast cancer is presented among female workers. The facts that occupational cancer in women is under-investigated, with few in-depth analyses are well known. In recent decades the workforce has changed, with an increasing number of women employed. Therefore, the inclusion of women in occupational cancer studies has become more urgent and feasible than in the past decades. The difficulties to evaluate occupational causes of female gynecologic tumors in most past cohorts and the potential variation in outcome responses between men and women must be taken into consideration. This narrative review discusses women's occupational cancer as a current area of research, focusing on three groups of workers characterized by peculiar exposure to occupational carcinogens and where women are often employed: beauticians and hairdressers; farmers; and healthcare workers. We discuss the most relevant cancers in each working category, with a particular focus on female breast cancer. In the three industries reviewed in detail, there are some risk factors which may affect primarily women, inducing breast cancer and cervical cancer, as well as risk factors that are carcinogenic in both genders, but whose effects are less well known in women.

Occupational Cancers among Employed Women: A Narrative Review / Teglia, Federica; Collatuzzo, Giulia; Boffetta, Paolo. - In: CANCERS. - ISSN 2072-6694. - ELETTRONICO. - 15:4(2023), pp. 1334.1-1334.15. [10.3390/cancers15041334]

Occupational Cancers among Employed Women: A Narrative Review

Teglia, Federica
Primo
;
Collatuzzo, Giulia
Secondo
;
Boffetta, Paolo
Ultimo
2023

Abstract

Simple Summary This narrative review provides new insights, and it reports the current state of knowledge on occupational cancers among women based on previously published research, particularly in three female working categories: beauticians and hairdressers, farmers, and healthcare workers. Finally, a focus on breast cancer is presented among female workers. The facts that occupational cancer in women is under-investigated, with few in-depth analyses are well known. In recent decades the workforce has changed, with an increasing number of women employed. Therefore, the inclusion of women in occupational cancer studies has become more urgent and feasible than in the past decades. The difficulties to evaluate occupational causes of female gynecologic tumors in most past cohorts and the potential variation in outcome responses between men and women must be taken into consideration. This narrative review discusses women's occupational cancer as a current area of research, focusing on three groups of workers characterized by peculiar exposure to occupational carcinogens and where women are often employed: beauticians and hairdressers; farmers; and healthcare workers. We discuss the most relevant cancers in each working category, with a particular focus on female breast cancer. In the three industries reviewed in detail, there are some risk factors which may affect primarily women, inducing breast cancer and cervical cancer, as well as risk factors that are carcinogenic in both genders, but whose effects are less well known in women.
2023
Occupational Cancers among Employed Women: A Narrative Review / Teglia, Federica; Collatuzzo, Giulia; Boffetta, Paolo. - In: CANCERS. - ISSN 2072-6694. - ELETTRONICO. - 15:4(2023), pp. 1334.1-1334.15. [10.3390/cancers15041334]
Teglia, Federica; Collatuzzo, Giulia; Boffetta, Paolo
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