Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Five Ways To Survive Breast Cancer That Your Doctor Never Mentioned

Breast cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the breasts. It is one of the most common forms of cancer that affects women in the U.S. According to statistics, 1 and 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women; lung cancer ranks number one. The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2014:

  • About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis can be a scary time for any woman. But with today’s advancements in treatment and early detection, the prognosis doesn’t always mean a death sentence. Death rates have decreased significantly since the late 80s. There’s only a three percent chance that breast cancer will lead to death. Therefore, it is possible to kick the ‘Big C’ right in the butt. In fact, there are over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are viable treatment options that attack the disease in its physical form. But focusing on your emotional, mental, and spiritual health can be beneficial in terms of coping with the disease in a positive way.  Here are five holistic ways to survive breast cancer that your doctor never mentioned:

  • Plan a staycation. Let’s face it, not everyone has time to plan a real vacation. Dealing with cancer treatment can be stressful and in some cases costly. Consider a change of scenery to take your mind off of your current circumstances. Arrange a weekend stay at your favorite local hotel. Take advantage of the downtime by booking a spa treatment on the hotel property or curl up poolside with a good book.
  • Take up a new hobby. An idle mind is a quick recipe for worry. Now is the perfect opportunity to plant that garden, learn photography, or take foreign language classes. Get busy and fun in the process.
  •  Volunteer. They say it is better to give than to receive. Instead of having a pity party for yourself consider getting involved with local charity or nonprofit.  Helping others will having you feeling in better spirits in no time.
  • Quality Time. We often become so consumed with our busy schedules that we sometimes neglect those people who matter the most to us. How many times have you been telling your friend that the two of you should get together but it never happens? There’s no time like the present to make due on your promise to connect.  Call them up and schedule a lunch date. I’m sure they would love to hear from you.
  • Get moving. That’s right, I’m talking about exercise. Take a yoga class, go for long walks, ride a bike or run. Exercise immediately taps into your inner warrior. Don’t be afraid to unleash it.

What would you add to the list? What tips can you offer others who are battling breast cancer?

~ Doctor’s Choice

{Source: American Cancer Society and Cancer.org}

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