Nina Droff, edited by Gauthier Delomez 17:04 p.m., March 27, 2023In Moselle, a nurse won her case in court. The court ruled Monday morning that her pace of work was responsible for her breast cancer. The former caregiver worked night shifts for 28 years, and this court decision could set a precedent.
This is a first in France. The breast cancer of a nurse was recognized as an occupational disease on Monday in Moselle. The court considered that this caregiver developed this disease because of her pace of work: she worked for 28 years in night shifts, which represents 873 full nights between 1982 and 2009. This is a "direct factor in the development of her breast cancer," wrote in black and white the expert doctor in this case.
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Previously, several studies by Inserm and ANSES had already found an increased risk of breast cancer for women who worked regularly at night before menopause, probably because of the disruption of the internal clock, but there had never been official recognition.
For this former nurse, it is therefore a victory after a year of legal and administrative battle. The court's decision is also a success for others in similar situations because this case could serve as a jurisprudence. Several French courts have already been seized for identical cases.
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The CFDT-Minier de Lorraine, very invested on the subject, hopes that this recognition will call into question the organization of night work in certain environments and asks for a definitive registration of breast cancer in the register of occupational diseases.