It is nice to see some information about Cancer. I have ovarian cancer and I have to lose a lot of weight from the medication and steriods. I now have a fitbit and really need motivation to get moving. I still have a lot of discomfort from the chemo and radiation, but I have to open my eyes and smarten up. I have to lose at least 100 pounds and start living again. Hopefully it doesn't come back again.
I didn't have ovarian cancer, I have uterine cancer which was directly caused by my obesity. I know first hand that weight loss (perhaps not necessarily exercise) would have prevented my cancer. Unfortunately, my obesity also prevented them from diagnosing it, so by the time they realized I was not exaggerating the amount of pain, it had spread into my lymph system. I'm in the second phase of radiation treatment right now - nearly an entire year of chemo and two types of radiation. My ovaries were healthy, but the size and aggressiveness of the tumors and invasion rate caused them to take my ovaries during surgery. I'm only 33. I have no kids and I never will be able to. Some people think that it's beating yourself up to state the truth about my weight causing my cancer, but I think it's stupid to avoid the fact. I want people to know, because I didn't.
8/22/2012 8:28:00 AM
Really exercise prevent cancer. It's surprising. I am also doing research work on cancer. In fact I had contributed article for www.cancer8.com. I know exercise help to give you strength and motivate you to fight from cancer. but it prevent, it's great.
I've known a few women who have had ovarian cancer. One is very active and is in early stages. One used to walk at lease 5 or miles a day. She did not win her battle. Another one was in my water exercise class three days a week and walked before class. She is currently in remission. These three ladies were very active. Maybe Canadians are tougher than us Americans...who knows.
The headline is a bit misleading. Sure, exercise is good for many reasons, but since we don't really know what causes cancer we don't really know how to prevent it. There are lifestyle factors that we can control, some factors that we can't, and some that we could control as a society if there were the political/collective will to do it.
My grandma had ovarian cancer when I was in my young teens (so she may have been in her 50s). I remember staying with her to help around the house during the summer when she was undergoing treatment. She always stayed upbeat and its a time I treasure that I got to spend with her. She beat that cancer for quite some time before she neared 80 and was overtaken by cancer once again. I am ever vigilant about my health due to family history, now I have even more evidence that living healthy will pay off in more benefits and hopefully keep my risk factors down.
10/15/2009 1:14:49 PM
Thank you for the article! As a young ovarian cancer survivor, I know that diet and exercise is very important in order to try to prevent and protect yourself from this disease. This is truly motivational and inspiring!
1/13/2009 11:15:13 PM
Thank you. My mother also died of ovarian cancer. I hope that this increases the awareness of this horrible disease. I would love to see major research done in the area of this cancer and maybe someday there would be some hope for a cure...
My mom died of ovarian cancer before her 43rd birthday, making me high risk. I've talked to various doctors over the years about reducing my risk, and have never been told that moderate exercise would help. Luckily I was motivated to start exercising a few years ago and dropped my BMI from an obese 32 to a healthy 23...here's another reason to keep up the hard work!
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