Breast cancer and yoga, a positive relationship
May 24, 2011
A joint research study conducted by American and Indian scientists have linked yoga to positive effects for breast cancer survivors, according to a new report from the Hindustan Times.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana Center, the largest yoga research organization in India, teamed together for the study. The two groups looked at stretching exercises, physical capacities and cortisol levels. High levels of the hormone cortisol have been linked to decrease in health for cancer survivors.
The results showed that yoga participants experience lower levels of fatigue and better general health.
Breast cancer is diagnosed in more than 200,000 new female patients each year, making it the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer, according to BreastCancer.org. The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 receive yearly mammograms, and that younger women have clinical breast exams on a regular basis as well.