Today I have an excellent guest post for you from David Haas. David works for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and he has an important message to share. Cancer is a terrible disease that affects all of us in one way or another. These days, many people have battled cancer themselves and at the very least have had a family member, friend, or someone they know diagnosed with it. Cancer has affected me in a strong way, as I’ve had family members and loved ones come down with this disease. The more helpful information we have about cancer out there, the better, so I hope you enjoy David’s post and relay it to others.
A cancer diagnosis can be very traumatic for patients. Whether people have just been diagnosed or are in remission, it is essential that they take care of themselves. Preventing and fighting cancer requires hard work and commitment. One way to take charge is by getting plenty of exercise. Although fitness is not a cure, it can help against the battle with cancer. Fitness will improve a person’s physical and mental health. People should find a way to be physically active both during and after cancer treatments.
Over 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, 25 percent of the cases can be attributed to a sedentary lifestyle. As a result, the American Cancer Society is encouraging patients to get plenty of exercise. Not only can physical fitness reduce the risk of cancer, it can also improve treatment outcomes in those who have already been diagnosed with the disease.
Cancer patients must deal with negative side-effects on a regular basis. The treatments often cause a person to feel tired and weak. In addition, it’s not uncommon for treatment methods to affect a person’s mental state. Exercise comes in handy because it helps patients manage the negative side-effects. Fitness can improve a patient’s energy levels and overall quality of life. Studies have shown that regular exercise helps fight cancer related fatigue. Along with that, it also improves a person’s physical functioning, muscle strength, endurance levels and immune system. Exercise even wards off depression.
In the past, doctors used to tell cancer patients to avoid exercise. They didn’t want their patients to push themselves. Thanks to recent studies, these opinions have changed. The majority of doctors are now encouraging their patients to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Whether people were just diagnosed, are going through treatments or in remission, it essential that they participate in aerobic exercise. Some possible activities include swimming, cycling or jogging. An active lifestyle is proven to be beneficial.
Although physical activity is good, clinicians should tailor workout plans on an individual basis. Each patient has a different fitness level. Not only that, but a patient’s specific diagnosis should also be taken into account. Certain aspects of the disease can affect a person’s safety level when exercising. For instance, some cancer patients have a weakened immune system. If people are receiving treatment for mesothelioma, they may have a low white blood cell count. In cases like this, the doctor usually advises them to stay out of public gyms.
Many cancer patients suffer from weight loss during their treatments. Fortunately, exercise can help prevent this problem from occurring. Physical activity helps patients maintain a lean body mass. In the long run, patients have increased strength and improved health. Cancer survivors are better at coping and recovering from treatments. Women who exercise after receiving breast cancer treatment tend to live longer than those who do not. These women also face less of a chance of the disease coming back.
Joining the organization in 2011, David Haas is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. In addition to researching the many valuable programs available to our site’s visitors, David often blogs about programs and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, as well as creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer, while creating relationships with similar organizations.
You can contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.