October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Pilates Body reminds you that October is breast cancer awareness month. Thanks to earlier detection –through screening and increased awareness— and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time.

However, there’s much more to be done. Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. And there remains a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having 42 percent higher death rates compared to whites. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7 percent)

The Pilates Body offers the Pink Ribbon Program. The Pink Ribbon Program, founded by Doreen Puglisi, MS, was created to help meet the goals of the breast cancer survivor. These major areas of concern typically include body image, frozen shoulder, and/or range of motion, depression and anxiety.

Thankfully, due to early prevention awareness, breast cancers, as well as other cancers, are no longer being viewed as an automatic death sentence, but instead as a chronic illness. Recent studies indicate a link between moderate physical exercise and improved quality of life for all cancer survivors. Exercise protocols like The Pink Ribbon Program are needed more than ever as the population of cancer survivors grow.This post-rehabilitation protocol is offered to all breast cancer survivors whether your surgery was eight weeks ago or ten years ago. Over 1000 breast cancer survivors have used this exercise protocol to aid in surgery recovery. We look forward to working with you!

Pink Ribbon Program

To learn more about the Pink Ribbon Program, or schedule a consultation with one of our Pink Ribbon Certified Post Operative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist