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Author's Note: Are auto plastics workers more likely to get breast cancer?
Researchers and industry experts noted that there have been positive global implications as a result of the women in Windsor who were confident enough to bring attention to their cause. The women who were interviewed, however, said even after getting sick they couldn't quit, because they had no other job prospects. Without the union, it's doubtful the problem would have ever come to light.
And all of this was in Canada, by the way, where we tend to think that things are generally pretty good. Considering all the problems suffered by countless factory workers (both men and women) around the world, it's not a surprise that this study gets little attention.
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- Brophy, James, et al. "Occupation and Breast Cancer: A Canadian Case-Control Study." Annals New York Academy of Sciences. 2006. (Dec. 3, 2012) http://www.mdrgf.org/pdf/NYAS_1076_765_777%20final.pdf
- Morris, Jim. "Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers." The Center for Public Integrity. Nov. 20, 2012. (Dec. 3, 2012) http://www.publicintegrity.org/2012/11/19/11806/study-spotlights-high-breast-cancer-risk-plastics-workers
- Quinn, Jennifer. "Union demands protection for workers, after breast cancer linked to auto plastics industry." The Center for Public Integrity. Nov. 20, 2012. (Dec. 3, 2012) http://www.publicintegrity.org/2012/11/20/11830/union-demands-protection-workers-after-breast-cancer-linked-auto-plastics-industry