Women Who Sit Too Much Have Higher Breast Cancer Risk
A study conducted in Sweden concluded that women who spent too much time sitting down at work and outside of work have a greater risk of developing breast and endometrial cancer. The study formulated this analysis from 29,000 of these women, between the ages of twenty-five and sixty-four, who did not previously have cancer before the start of the study, for twenty-five years. The women were divided in three groups; those who worked in an office and participated in no recreational sports, those who worked in an office but did participate in recreational and leisure activities, and those who have a physically active job and required more standing and participated in recreational activities. Upon completion of the study, the researchers concluded that women who were not active at work or participated in no recreational activities are 2.4 times more likely to have a diagnosis of endometrial cancer, and breast cancer before menopause, versus the women who have a physically active job and participate in recreational and leisure activities. To reduce or prevent the women from increasing their chances of developing these cancers, Anna Johnsson, one of the authors of the study, conveyed that people who work in office settings can do simple things throughout the day to lessen their sitting time.
Breast cancer has been prevalent in women’s health for many years now. Although there are no known cures for any form of cancer, knowing that there is some way that women who work in offices can reduce their chances of developing this cancer is incredible. I hope that in the near future, studies like these can be conducted to help women and men. In today’s society, a lot of people are inactive; they do not participate in any extracurricular activities. I believe that this study will be a wakeup call for women who do not participate in any activities. Women will realize that recreational activities are vital in their health, especially if know that this may be a possible way to reduce their chances of developing breast or endometrial cancer.