Walk 10,000 steps a day in May to fight against breast cancer

Walk 10,000 steps a day in May to fight against breast cancer
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The Pink Ribbon charity for breast cancer is launching a challenge to walk 10,000 steps a day during the month of May to fight the disease.

For the fifth year in a row, Pink Ribbon is kicking off the Pink Walk, which invites participants to walk 10,000 steps a day for the month. The aim is to collect as many donations as possible for the cause.

In 2021, Pink Ribbon raised €450,000, while €105,000 was raised through the Pink Walk alone. 31,000 people took up the challenge, walking the equivalent of 135 times around the globe.

Why walk

Regular exercise coupled with a healthy lifestyle can prevent 1 in 3 cancers.

In the case of breast cancer, the charity estimates that 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. But exercising and doing sports from an early age could reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 30%. Regular exercise can reduce the risk of it reoccurring by 40-70%.

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When a woman is hit by breast cancer, doctors give her tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen that fights the cancer. Tamoxifen prevents the growth of cancer cells that need estrogen to grow. Yet Pink Ribbon points out that 30 minutes of exercise a day has the same effect, which means that regular exercise can both prevent breast cancer but also help those who do have it.

How to take part

Participants can sign up through Pink Ribbon's website and enter the number of steps they've taken each day on the platform to see the total distance covered. Entry costs  €10.

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