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Housework and Breast Cancer

I’ve had lots of company over the past couple of weeks, and yet this morning as I write, my guestrooms are happily full, a couple of grandkids are rolled up in quilts on the picture room floor, Rebecca’s on a couch, and I’m loving it. My two oldest sons, Steve and Mike, along with their wives came in yesterday. Golfing is in the plans today for the men–even Gentry and Nathaniel, who really won’t play, but who will ride in the golf carts. The girls and I are off to Lake Arrowhead where we will prowl the shops for after-Christmas bargains, then set ourselves down for lunch at one of the resorts there. It’s going to be a great day.

Throughout these holidays festivities, a bit more housework than usual has been necessary, and I was delighted to read this morning, that as I scrubbed bathrooms, and mopped the kitchen floor, and washed yet another coffee cup, I have been protecting myself from breast cancer.


Dr. Lesley Walker of Cancer Research reports:

Clothes Pegs

Chores may be exercise enough

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.

Remainder of the article here.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

9 replies on “Housework and Breast Cancer”

You know, Carol, that study was quite interesting. It was done in the UK, I believe with over 200,000 women, and the lowered incidence of cancer in those who did their own house work was striking. I’m going to read it again when I have a chance.


This is quite interesting! Maybe it has something to do with having a “healthy attitude” along with exercise! When a woman has her home in order there is more peace and contentment in her heart. “Keepers of the home” takes on another twist!


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