By Aria Dunham
Are you a woman? If so, do you practice the womanly art of monthly self breast examination?
Make a New Year’s Resolution to start.
The American Cancer Society’s statistical report states that in 2012 there will be:
- About 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women
- About 63,300 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 39,510 deaths from breast cancer (women)
Chances are if you aren’t a cancer survivor, someone you know is…that can be a frightening reality.
What’s even more startling is the recurrence of breast cancer. Once a person has had breast cancer, the odds are that it will return. Medicinenet.com states:
“Breast cancer can recur at any time, but most recurrences occur in the first three to five years after initial treatment. Breast cancer can come back as a local recurrence (in the treated breast or near the mastectomy scar) or as a distant recurrence somewhere else in the body. The most common sites of recurrence include the lymph nodes, the bones, liver, or lungs.”
That warns that once a person has had this form of cancer, beating the odds demands a proactive approach to health and wellness.
Lifestyle and diet are the few ways to combat cancer’s return by:
- Reduction of stress
- Reduction of inflammatory reactions and factors that contribute to inflammation
- Increasing sense of positive emotions and brain chemical releases that provide an overall sense of harmony and balance
- Feelings of support
- Routine self-care
Reduce the negative variables. But increase the positive. Adding weekly massage therapy treatments is a an excellent prevention measure to help accomplish these goals.
Did you know…
According to the Touch Research Institutes, Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology Clinics, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, “Breast cancer patients have improved immune and neuroendocrine functions following massage therapy.” [Source: http://www.massagemag.com/Magazine/2004/issue107/research107.php%5D
A strong defense against free radicals that lead to compromised body systems and cancer is a strong immune system.
As early as 2003, researchers at the University of Minnesota tracked 230 cancer patients to compare the healing effects of massage to massage free traditional medical care. The study noted how healing touch and massage lowered anxiety and pain. Massage also reduced the need for pain medicine. [Source: http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/comp_med/types/massage%5D
Prevention before, or prevention after breast cancer…it’s a win-win in helping you keep your body at its healthiest. Schedule yourself for a massage and feel better on the inside and out. Your body will thank you. Call 561-684-9200 to schedule your appointment today.
Dawn the pink and represent the health and betterment of bosom buddies everywhere.