Saturday, June 26, 2010

Housework Helps Women Avoid Cancer

I knew it all along. Doing housework helps women avoid breast cancer. Now please, for your own sake, go mop my floor. According to BBC News, women need to start thinking of household chores as exercise, cancer fighting exercise, instead of drudgery:

Women who exercise by doing the housework can reduce their risk of breast cancer, a study suggests.

The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport.

Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.

The women in the Cancer Research UK-funded study spent an average of 16 to 17 hours a week cooking, cleaning and doing the washing.

... Out of all of the activities, only housework significantly reduced the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal women getting the disease.

Housework cut breast cancer risk by 30% among the pre-menopausal women and 20% among the post-menopausal women.

I don't suppose when you're finished vacuuming you'd have time to fix me a sandwich?


Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't doing housework help men fight cancer as well. So men...get to work.

The Mound of Sound said...

Interesting point, Anon. These same researchers did discover that sport fishing, motorcycling and watching football on TV provides a similar therapeutic benefit to men.

Anonymous said...

Fishing and so on is very different from doing housework. I'd like to know when doing housework became therapeutic. It would seem researchers believe women believe housework is fun. I don'tthink so. Yuck!!

The Mound of Sound said...

Anon, did you follow the link to the BBC report? It answers your question and, in reply, no one is suggesting women find housework fun, at least I'm not.