The month of October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness, education, and empowerment.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have yearly screening mammograms, obtain annual clinical breast exams, perform monthly self-breast exams, and obtain a risk assessment from a physician. When breast cancer is detected in the early stages of development there are many effective treatment options available. According to the American Cancer Society there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.
Team Up Montana raises awareness and funding to cancer patients in Montana. This team consists of professionals at St. Patrick Hospital, the Missoulian, KPAX, and along with other sponsors. Team Up Montana will be honoring those who have been affected by cancer at Washington Grizzly Stadium on October 29 for the Griz vs. Weber State football game. Show your support by wearing pink! Donations can be made on their website Team Up Montana.
Here are some statistics according to Team Up Montana:
- 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime
- Men are also at risk for breast cancer
- 85% of women with breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer
Men and women can help prevent cancer by using Cancer Screening Services for early detection.
For those who are cancer survivors there are numerous benefits of adopting an active lifestyle according to American College of Sports Medicine Certified News:
- Improved physical function/ physical fitness
- Improved aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility
- Improved/ maintained ideal body size
- Increased bone health
- Increased quality of life
- Increased energy level
- Help with lymphedema-related outcomes
- Decreased cancer related fatigue
- Decreased depression
- Decreased anxiety
- Improved physiological outcomes (hemoglobin, blood lipids, IGF pathway hormones, oxidative stress, inflammation, or immune parameters; includes PSA for prostate cancer)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) emphasizes: Being physically active may prevent the risk of cancer reoccurrence for cancer survivors.
There are a set of guidelines relating to safety considerations when exercise testing and training those with cancer. The exercise prescription is consistent with the ACSM general guidelines and are also compatible with the American Cancer Society’s recommendations. They recommend 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity at least 5 days per week for cancer survivors.