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Healthy Housewives

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December 31st, 2006

Women, do you want to stay healthy? Well, a new study says that you can cook, clean, and vacuum yourself to domestic bliss while dusting your risk of breast cancer as well.

As one blogger noted, “this is one of those blog posts that blogs itself.” Of course, he went on to say, essentially, that feminists cause cancer, and that he “hopes this story gets lots of coverage and women begin to spend less time at the gym and more time helping clean the house.”

Unfortunately, while this sentiment may be laid a bit more bare in that particular blog than in the mainstream media, it all comes down to the same thing as we heard in outlets from the BBC to local broadcast news in Des Moines to the UK’s Telegraph .

So, ahem, I’m getting my html bullhorn here:
It’s not news that exercise reduces the risk of cancer, people!

The only news here is that this study came up with the sexist twist of studying the effect of house cleaning (read: regular, moderate exercise) on breast cancer (read: women).
Naturally, you have dig much deeper to find out that this a study in the same issue of the same journal with much higher-powered statistics found that exercise (like housework) also reduces the risk of colon cancer (more prevalent in men) by 22 percent.

One of the reasons, it seems, that the housework version of exercise was associated with a significant drop in breast cancer was that the women doing housework were the largest category– that is, by the study’s design there were not enough women in other categories to demonstrate statistical significance. Without getting too deeply into the wallow of excrement, I just want to point out that the media orgy over housework reducing breast cancer is an utter conflation of the real point: regular exercise reduces the risk of many cancers. Now get outside and do something.

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