Planting your behind in a seat for hours at a time has been squarely linked to an increase in health problems, from shorter lifespans to a slew of diseases, including cancer. Concerned office workers have leapt to standing desks as healthier alternatives. But prolonged sitting may be getting a bum rap, a new study suggests.
The moral of the story is still this: go out and get some exercise.
No gym membership needed. Go out and run. Or walk at first if you can’t run. Or try cycling. Or try rowing. Or swimming. Can’t swim? Even better- you’ll go on a great journey just learning how to swim crawl correctly.
What – winters are bad where you live? Cross country skiing. Endurance exercise has the power to change your life.
Endometrial cancer, which affects the inner lining of the uterus, accounts for six percent of all cancers among women and is the “most common gynecologic malignancy in the United States,” according to the National Cancer Institute. But unlike breast or cervical cancers, there’s no easy or effective way to screen for the disease.
That could soon change, says Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, whose team used everyday tampons to pick up tumor DNA. She notes in a release that though a 2004 study showed that women with endometrial cancer left some signs of cancerous cells on tampons, nobody had tried to use the results to improve cancer screening techniques. Her team took up the challenge, obtaining samples from 38 women with endometrial cancer and 28 without. They analyzed ordinary tampons used by the women and isolated DNA from the samples.
While this seems useful, endometrial cancer is much more common in post-menopausal women. That’s not to say that this doesn’t have its uses if someone is showing symptoms. There’s nothing in the article about how the test works to know if it’s specific to the tampon, or if the test would work on a menstrual/diva cup.
Don’t Flush Your Tampons
Flushing tampons is just one of several no-nos that ensure that plumbers will never be out of business. Ditto for personal wipes, baby wipes and, if you can believe it, dental floss.