Breast cancer is a form of cancer that starts in the tissue of the breast. It is the most common cancer among African American women and the second cause of cancer death in women of the United States following lung cancer. This year alone there will be nearly 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and about 40,000 related deaths. While the statistics of breast cancer might be frightening, hearing a diagnosis of it doesn’t mean life is over. Arming yourself with knowledge and acting on it is the key to fighting this disease. Many lifestyle changes can be made to treat and even prevent breast cancer. Implementing a regular exercise regimen and healthy diet are two of the more important changes that can fight breast cancer.
Studies have shown that exercise during and after a cancer diagnosis have resulted in improvements among women. Although studies are limited, results have shown that living an active lifestyle with a balanced diet can sometimes prevent cancer. With small changes and support from friends and family you can use knowledge and exercise to make a difference in your community and fight breast cancer. If you are fighting breast cancer, try incorporating some of these activities combined with a doctor’s care to improve you overall wellbeing.

1. Mind and Body Fitness Programs: Exercise programs like yoga and pilates are treat to relieve fatigue that are sometimes associated with breast cancer treatment. It also great for managing stress and relaxing muscles.

2. Low Intense Gentle Exercise: With doctor’s approval, try exercises like walking and swimming to improve blood circulation and give you a boost of energy.

3. Resistance /Weight Training: Studies have shown that slow progressive weight lifting can reduce symptoms, increase strength, and increase completion rate of cancer

You can take control of your diagnosis. It is important not to let this challenge take your joy. Make conscious efforts to smile a little and laugh a lot. Knowledge is your weapon, use it to fight. Exercise may not be a cure to breast cancer but it can significantly make a difference. Remember the famous Carol Welch quote; Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states. Interpret that quote to mean that you can literally build strength to fight cancer.

By Kimberly Fleming @kim_fitness


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