Breast Cancer Statistics - How Breast Cancer Survival Rates
by: Olinda Rola
Breast cancer statistics show that over 1.2 million persons will
be diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide this year, according
to the World Health Organization. For breast cancer and
prevention, it has long been known that regular physical
activity has been shown to decrease the likelihood of having
breast cancer. What has not been known or studied has been the
effect of regular physical activity on the breast cancer
survival rates or likelihood of death in women that already have
breast cancer. That is, until now.
The breast cancer statistics and findings as reported by the
American Medical Associations Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA) in May 2005 were astounding! Certain
participants in the study of women with Stage I, II or III
breast cancer achieved a 50% reduction in the death rate from
Here are these breast cancer statistics: the journal reported
that in the study 2,987 female registered nurses had been
diagnosed with breast cancer during the years 1984-1998. What
the study found was that the women who had physical activity
equivalent to walking at a steady pace of 2.0-2.9 miles per hour
for 3-5 hours a week had a death rate of only 50% of the death
rate of women who had physical activity equivalent to walking
less than one hour a week. The conclusion of the breast cancer
statistics in the study was that physical activity after breast
cancer has been diagnosed may reduce the risk of death from
breast cancer. The study found that there was little evidence of
any relation between increased physical activity and increased
It's time to dust off those walking shoes!
As a physical activity, walking can be done almost anytime by
anyone anywhere. All that is needed is a good pair of walking
shoes. Walking is fun and reduces stress. As for injuries,
walking has the lowest injury rate of all the various kinds of
You can walk with a partner, friend, family member or dog, maybe
even a neighbors dog. Or you can walk with your favorite headset
and music. If you are walking outdoors with a headset, keep one
ear open to hear the sounds around you.
As for basic walking tips:
* As you begin regular walking, take it easy. Standard advice is
to check with your physician before starting any exercise
program. If it has been years or decades since you walked
regularly, perhaps you can begin with 5 minutes of walking and
slowly increase your time and distance.
* Walking at a pace of 75-95 steps a minute will have you
walking at a speed of about 2-3 miles per hour.
* Walk with your head up, looking out in front of you. Do not
walk looking down right in front of you except to navigate any
* Really take it easy the first 5 minutes of walking to warm up.
Afterwards, gently stretch for 5-10 minutes while your muscles
* Practice good walking form. Your arms should swing naturally
in the direction you are walking, not from side to side across
your body. Your foot should strike the ground on your heel, then
a rolling motion forward toward the ball of your foot, then
pushing off with your toes.
And here are some basic walking shoes tips:
* Buy your walking shoes from a sporting shoes store with large
selections. Doing so will give you plenty of choices. And buy
your walking shoes later in the day when your feet will be
* Buy cushioned, supportive walking shoes. To see if a shoe is
supportive, do this test: take a shoe and turn it upside down.
Holding each end of the shoe, try to fold it. If you find the
shoe bends in the middle, then that shoe is not a supportive
shoe. A supportive shoe should bend where your foot normally
bends, near your toes.
* You should allow the width of your index finger between the
end of your shoe and the end of your longest toe, or about
* Buy two pairs of walking shoes, one for home and one for the
car or workplace. And if one pair gets wet, you can use the
other pair that day.
Walking is the closest thing to the perfect exercise. In today's
fast-paced society, regular walking can be a welcomed break from
the stress of the day. Maybe you will get to know your
neighborhood or neighbors better. There may be walking trails
you have never seen but wanted to.
Wherever and however you choose to walk, not only can the
experience be fun, you will know you are being good to your body
in a variety of ways. Besides the incredible breast cancer
statistics and findings of the breast cancer study, walking
helps with weight control and bone strength, elevates mood,
helps build and maintain healthy muscles, joints and heart. With
so many great health benefits, why not get started walking today!
Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing
About the author:
Olinda Rola is President of InfoSearch Publishing and webmaster of
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variety of health problems. For information about preventing
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