Cancer Feature of the Month
October: Breast Cancer Awareness
Exercise and Breast Cancer: Things you can do!
Cancer within the fire service is one of the most dangerous threats to our firefighter’s health & wellness. According to the latest studies firefighters are 102% more likely to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer than others from the general population. Much of this can be attributed to the toxic chemicals, radiant heat, and diesel engine exhaust exposures. Even the sleep disruptions could increase the chance of cancer. According to the University of Chicago and the University of Louisville sleep disruptions (which resembled sleep apnea) in mice had more aggressive tumors than well rested mice. Over 10 types of cancers have been directly associated to the job, and breast cancer is one of them – having an incidence of 1 out of every 26. October is breast cancer awareness month we at the International Cancer Foundation wanted to recognize this dreaded disease by offering some insight on how exercise may benefit those diagnosed with it.
Being diagnosed with cancer is not a death sentence. In fact, the 5 year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is 89%. This means that many women will live as cancer survivors, hopefully for decades. Yet the treatment itself is very difficult which can lead to negative side effects. Exercise can play a significant role in reducing these negative effects and improve their quality of life during and after treatment. Read the entire article by clicking here.
Breast Cancer and Exercise Training Part II
Our last article focused on Breast Cancer and how resistance training can benefit both during and post treatment. We wanted to compliment that article and include more information on the benefits of exercise and how it can benefit those going through treatment.
Again, in the past most patients were often instructed by medical professionals to rest and not exert themselves during and after treatments (ie. surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.) Post surgery breast cancer patients were typically told not to exercise using their arm (on the side of the lymph node dissection), do not lift more than 8 lb. and avoid repetitive movement. Currently, new research has contradicted this idea and proven on how exercise may be more beneficial than first thought. In a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine (Schmitz et. al 2009), slowly progressive weight lifting had no significant effect on limb swelling and resulted in a decreased incidence of exacerbations of lymphedema, reduced symptoms, and increased strength with breast-cancer survivors with lymphedema. Read the entire article by clicking here.
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