In 2010, it's expected that over 200,000 women and almost 2,000 men will acquire breast cancer. Susan G. Komen's For the Cure website reminds us that we can't change our risk of getting breast cancer due to heredity, gender and the process of aging. However, leading a healthy lifestyle can certainly help reduce your risk of breast cancer, improve recovery and reduce risk of recurrence.
Stanford's Cancer Center research is "discovering that intake of fruits, vegetables, and cereal grains may reduce the risk of developing some cancers in addition to reducing the risk of developing heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases." Another important strategy is maintaining a healthy body weight. From a behavioral perspective, this is great news -- giving us a set of tools to work with as we help to improve your quality of life through control of your health.
Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that more than 50 percent of Americans do not engage in enough regular physical activity, over 66 percent of us are overweight and on a typical day more than half of Americans don't eat a single serving of vegetables and a third don't have a single serving of fruit. Clearly there is an opportunity to impact behaviors and reduce risk for some cancers and lifestyle-related diseases.
The health coaching process centers around a conversation where the client is leveraged to be the expert in their desired health change--after all, who knows you better than you know yourself? However, for those battling breast cancer, there is a framework added to the coaching process--the guidelines provided by your doctor to best position you to win the battle against cancer. Your coach will be working to support you in achieving your doctor's recommendations in a way that empowers you and generates momentum towards independence and greater strength.
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