Before I start another rant on what is bugging me this week, I would like to register my utmost gratitude to those who have continued to visit my blog in the past couple of weeks. I took time off blogging and social networking to pay close attention to other important things in my life. I am delighted to say that although the life changes I made so far may have been a little drastic, they are indeed paying off greatly. As you know, it is always wise to go back to the drawing board of life and amend few leaks. Anyhoo, I am back!:-)
So has anyone heard of the newly published research on correlation of stress and breast cancer ? Well that nearly brought my lovely hybrid car to a screeching halt. I heard over on BBC radio 4 as I was driving home from the gym yesterday. (My new love for BBC radio 4 instead of my usual radio 1 is a story for another day )
The new research was led by Dr Tetyana Pudrovska. The findings concluded that professional/ successful woman are more likely to develop breast cancer than our stay home and lower income counterparts. The risk factor pointed towards the high stress level of exercising job authority. Presumebly, woman bosses and managers are most at risk of stress thus breast cancer. I can only assume that you become an automatic victim to breast cancer if you are a manager, a nurse and your relationship is a bit turbulent. Surely some life changes could help reduce stress and minimise prevalence of breast cancer in professional woman.
I found Dr Pudrovska’s research very noble and a great warning bell for us career minded women, but I was also incredibly annoyed by yet another obstacle to deter women from growing in their professional abilities and independence. The world is changing overwhelmingly and some women like myself are becoming more independent and going for leadership roles in their various professions. These roles come with enormous pressure and expectations but they are also very rewarding both financially and emotionally.
My argument also focuses on the fact that other factors other than work stress could trigger cancer in Women.
I don’t know what your thoughts are on the findings of this research but my suggestion would be to know your own body and identify your stress level, adopt a healthy lifestyle and chill out when needed. It is easier said than done. I am still learning how to chill out and retain my…shall I say…. hairy balls in the world of scary balls. I am off now to do a bit of cross-training at the gym. Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend.
- Advocates for Women with Breast Cancer (23andme.com)
- First Comes Breast Cancer, Then Comes Divorce by Beth L. Gainer (tellingknots.wordpress.com)