October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
All women should practice breast cancer awareness as 1 out of 8 women will have breast cancer.
The most common way to detect a potential problem is by regular breast examination by self. The key is for women to know what “normal” is – then changes can be noticed. This means the knowledge of the structure, feel and appearance of their breasts
Yoga Therapy for Breast Cancer
Exercise is difficult enough for healthy people, but it’s harder for breast cancer survivors after surgery and rounds of taxing therapy.
Gentle exercise after breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation is key to a successful recovery and can provide a sense of normalcy for many women.
Yoga works with the side effects such as swelling (lymphedema], fatigue, nausea, pain, weight loss, sleep disorders, stress, fear, anxiety, depression and restlessness.
Studies have shown that exercise can buoy the health of cancer survivors. Researcher Janice Kiecolt-Glaser from The Ohio State University tracked two important components of diminished health: fatigue and inflammation.
Fatigue from cancer treatments hinders daily activity for one in three breast cancer survivors. Inflammation also provides an important measure of health because it drives fatigue and is linked to many problems, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimers.
A study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center done by Dr. Lorenzo Cohen found that Yoga regulates stress hormones and improves quality of life for women with breast cancer. “Combining mind and body practices that are part of yoga clearly have tremendous potential to help patients manage the psycho-social and physical difficulties associated with treatment and life after cancer, beyond the benefits of simple stretching,” said Cohen.
Despite the fact that there are many new discoveries everyday to combat and wipe out breast cancer, much more needs to be done. To eradicate breast cancer, more research which means more monies available for the research is needed. I urge everyone during this month to donate time and money for this cause.
I as well as everyone I know have been affected by breast cancer through family or friends, your support is necessary. Yearly exams are a must!!!