Educate | Prevent | Recover
A proactive approach to a healthy
... seeking the health information and fitness education that can positively affect your life.
It means making sensible choices and changes if necessary in order to be the healthiest you can be.
And in some situations, it means utilizing this information to make recovery faster, easier and more permanent.
Knowledge can be a very effective tool in your effort to prevent the occurrence of breast cancer and other diseases.
Mothers with young daughters – Help educate young women about the benefits of exercise. Make sure she knows that engaging in physical activity on a regular basis is directly linked to the prevention of breast cancer.1 It doesn't take running a marathon. Performing 45 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five or more days a week can have a protective effect against breast cancer.2
"Exercise may help prevent breast cancer, for every age group," states Dr. Melanie Bone, M.D., Fellow of American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Dr. Bone is a cancer survivor and contributing member of our ZoN professional team.
Being overweight and having a higher level of estrogen in the body are both risk factors. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can reduce your risk because "women who are overweight produce and store more estrogen in their bodies than women who have a healthy lower level of body mass index (BMI)... since estrogen and breast cancer risk are linked."3
"Breast cancer survivors may reduce their risk of recurrence through physical activity and a healthy diet," says Dr. Melanie Bone. Being physically active boosts the odds that breast cancer patients will survive the disease.4
Strength training, gentle stretching and light aerobic exercise are suggested for those recovering from breast cancer surgery and treatments due to the typical muscle strength and balance that is lost.
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