I love my job. To be honest, it is one of the components of my life that has kept me (arguably) sane during the last few years of turmoil AND according to new research in “Medicine & Science In Sport & Exercise” stretching muscles not only helps muscle tone, but overall wellbeing.
Well. THAT IS GOOD THEN. Because I need some help with my overall wellbeing at the moment. I have an exam on Sunday. I am working very hard to stuff bits of information into my brain and to try and focus on work.
The women I work with are a wonderfully talented and interesting bunch whom I admire hugely and over the years they have become friends as well as colleagues. I am worried about several of them at the moment though. Two of them are currently going through treatment for Breast cancer
This is now the 6th woman in the last year that I personally know to have breast cancer. Surely this is not normal. What is going on? We appear to have a breast cancer epidemic on our hands. Fifty years ago it was 1 in 20 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer and now it is 1 in 8 and climbing at a rate of 1% each year. In the UK 1000 women die from breast cancer every month. The charities are doing a fantastic job of raising money and awareness and providing all sorts of support for those diagnosed with the cancer BUT there doesn’t seem to be much about the underlying causes and why the massive increase.
Does this mean that apart from family history, environmental factors are the leading cause? If that was the case surely lots of other forms of cancer would be on the increase as well.
I don’t want to be a scaremonger, but has anybody else considered that it might have something to do with the contraceptive pill? I can’t find much information about it.
I wonder how much influence the drug companies have on what studies and reports are released on the subject?
As you know, my mum is recovering from breast cancer at the moment. The rise is terrifying, but so hard to pointpoint a cause. How many diseases are coming to the fore because people are living longer and therefore we are seing more of them? How many in the past would have been masked my other ailments?
But I do agree that environmental factors – the sheer amount of chemicals we are exposed to every day – must ahve something to do with it.
With regard to breast cancer there is a school of thought that points the finger at the aluminium in under arm deoderants as well.