Pink Ribbon Month
Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer amongst Australian women, with a shocking 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Age is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer, with more than 2 out of 3 of overall cases being with women between 40 to 69 years of age.
With our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and ageing population, the number of cases of breast cancer within our population are predicted to increase.
October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we at Platinum Physio want to do all we can to positively influence the lives of the many women affected by this disease.
So what can physiotherapists do for breast cancer?
Evidence shows that there are positive effects of exercise and physical activity for those undergoing treatment of breast cancer and for cancer survivors.
These benefits include:
- Improving self-esteem and confidence
- Reducing stress levels
- Increasing fitness levels
- Boosting energy levels
- Reducing fatigue and other side effects of cancer treatment
- Improving mood
- Rebuilding strength and mobility
Pilates is a fantastic form of exercise as it is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Clinical Pilates allows physios to tailor a program that is specific to your needs, with a focus on strength, mobility and flexibility, creating an holistic approach to exercise.