Women who face breast cancer are in for the fight of their lives. A recent survey shows they are up to the task.
The numbers are quite stunning. Of women diagnosed with breast cancer, 92% report a positive change in their lives, 63% say they feel hopeful about the future, and 87% say they are stronger as a result of their experience. It appears cancer may have picked on the wrong crowd.
There is also the flip side of the equation. The survey revealed 78% of those surveyed fear a recurrence. It's a delicate balancing act. 30% of the women believe there is nothing they can do to help prevent a recurrence, and an additional 23% aren't sure if they can have an effect. But...
Recent studies indicate there are indeed positive steps that can be taken. Women who eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and exercise six days each week, have a 50% lower chance of recurrence. Think of that. A few simple steps not only fight breast cancer recurrence, but jazz up the rest of your life as well: hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many other conditions run for the hills when they see the fruit and vegetable patrol take to the streets.
So, while the scientists continue their pursuit of a cure, keep up the good fight. With family and friends, and a carrot or two, at your side, cancer doesn't stand a chance.
To read more about the survey, see this from ScienceDaily. To read more about the diet and exercise study, see this from PhysOrg.com. To find additional resources to help in the fight against breast cancer, see this from breastcancer.org, or this from Living Beyond Breast Cancer.