Octobers blog: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Oscar Palacio

              Breast cancer is the most malignancy tumour in women and is the second one to cause cancer death in the United States. The actual cause of breast cancer is still unknown; however, multiple risk factors increase the chance of developing this type of cancer, including female gender, increasing patient age, family history of breast cancer at a young age, early menarche, late menopause, older age at first live childbirth, and prolonged hormone replacement therapy.

 

A study conducted by Dieli-Conwright, et al., (2018) informs of the tremendous positive effect of physical activity on breast cancer patients as well as survivors. Participants in the study underwent a 16-week period, where continuous aerobic and resistance exercises were induced to see results on bone health, physical training, and quality of life. Results of the study showed that individuals successfully were able to see significant improvement in all the respective areas. The authors recommend that induce exercise should be implemented into breast cancer treatment and post-rehabilitation.  Multiple breast cancer survivors have acknowledged the high decline in bone mass leading to a decrease in mobility and body function. One patient quote: “treatment should incorporate physical therapy and exercise. I didn’t start that until almost a year after treatment began. If I had started earlier, it might have helped. It was an important part of my feeling better” – A patient survivor.  

To learn more about the patient experiences please follow this link, https://www.lbbc.org/blog/bone-loss-treatment-kiana-wooten

Similarly, research has suggested that practicing Nordic Walking brings tremendous benefits towards patients that have suffered from Breast Cancer. Based on a meta-analysis review, it was found that 8 out of 9 studies showed that Nordic Walking had a positive effect on the symptoms related to breast cancer such as lymphedema, fitness, upper-body strength, disability and perceptions of pain and swelling. Dr. Jorge Torres, a specialist in the area of exercise and oncology said: “The main strategy in rehabilitation for women with breast cancer is a change of habits, where physical exercise is a fundamental tool. Additionally, it’s not easy to turn a sedentary person into an amateur athlete, so sports such as Nordic walking are accepted more easily”

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