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Yoga for Cancer
20 Mar

Yoga for Cancer

What is Cancer?

Cancer, in its myriad forms, constitutes no less than a battle. It is a battle with both the disease as well as its treatment. The debilitating weakness that follows cancer treatment is a test of a cancer survivor’s endurance.

Cancer can be treated very well from time to time for many people. In fact, more people than ever before lead full lives after cancer treatment.

Cancer is not just one disease.There are many types of cancer. Cancer can found in any part of the body such as lungs, the breast, the colon, or even in the blood. 

How are cancers different from another disease?

The cells in our bodies all have specific jobs to do. Normal cells divide in an orderly way. They die when they wore out or damaged, and new cells take their place. 

Cancer is when the cells start to grow out of control. The cancer cells keep on building and making new cells. They crowd out healthy cells. This causes problems on the part of the body where cancer the started.

Cancer cells can also spread to other parts of the body according to body types of various peoples. The cancer cells that found in the bones look just same the ones from the lung. It’s not called bone cancer unless it started in the bones.

Some cancers grow and spread fast. Others grow more slowly. They also respond to treatment in different ways. Some types of cancer best treated with surgery; others respond better to drugs called chemotherapy. 


Sign and Symptoms of Cancer:-

A persistent cough or blood-tinged saliva.

Most changes in bowel habits are related to your diet and fluid intake.

Blood in the stool.

Unexplained anemia. (low blood count)

Breast lump or breast discharge.

A change in urination.

Blood in the urine.

Indigestion or difficulty swallowing.

Unexpected weight loss, night sweats, or fever

Headaches.

Back pain, pelvic pain, bloating, or indigestion.


Current Scenario of Cancer in the World:-

In 2017, nearly 13% of all cancers diagnosed in adults ages 20 and older will be rare cancers.

According to a report 'Call for Action: Expanding cancer care for women in India, 2017', cancer among women in India estimated at 0.7 million.

India topped the list for mortality for breast and cervical cancers and reported the second highest incidence of ovarian cancer globally.

India accounts for the third highest number of cancer cases among women after China and the US.

India also ranks among the top two countries globally on mortality for vital women-specific cancers.

India topped the list for mortality for breast and cervical cancers and reported the second highest incidence of ovarian cancer globally.

India-based studies have confirmed that screening improves early detection of cancers by 1.5-2.5 times.

According to the report, of the 2,000 new women diagnosed with cancer every day and  1,200 detected in late stages.

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It also projects cancer incidence among women in India to increase from 110 per 1 lakh population to 190-260 per 1 lakh population by 2025, which will mirror incidence rates of China and other upper-middle-income countries such as Brazil and Thailand.

Source TOI Report 2017


Yoga Poses for Cancer Patients:-

1. Half Sun Salutation:-

How to do:-

Make a calming space around yourself and stand straight with your legs close.

Press your palms together and ensure shoulders are down and back.

Look ahead, chin straight. Now, inhale deeply and raise your pressed arms above the head.

Feel the stretch and on exhaling, bend at the waist to bring your palms towards the feet.

You can bend your knees if desired.

Touch the fingertips with your toes, keep your back straight.

Inhale, return to the standing position.

Repeat the salutation as many times as you choose.


Benefits of Half Sun Salutation:-

The posture warms up the body, opens the hips and improves circulation.


2. Reclining Butterfly Pose:-

How to do:-

Sit down comfortably with a few soft cushions behind you.

Bring your feet together, with the knees bent.

Allow the knees to fall away from your hips; let gravity pull your knees down.

Now slowly lean back as you exhale.

Let your lower backrest on the cushions behind you and bring the upper back towards the floor.

Support your head with another cushion if desired.

Rest your arms on the floor, palms facing up.

Breathe deeply in the posture for about 15-20 minutes.


Benefits of Reclining Butterfly Pose:-

The posture relieves tension in the shoulders and chest. It is particularly useful for breast cancer recovery.


3. Cat-Cow Pose:-

         How to do:-

Start the pose on your hands and knees.

Exhale, curve your spine outwards.

Look up during this movement.

Inhale, curve your back inwards.

Face downwards.

Repeat the movements as often as possible.

Benefits of Cat-Cow Pose

This posture improves flexibility in your back while revitalizing you.


What Food to eat that helps in the fight against Cancer?

Oily Fish

Carrots, peppers 

Ginger

Sunflower Seeds.

Nuts

Mushrooms

Tomatoes

Broccoli

Garlic

Beetroot

Pulses

So these yoga asanas to do and food to eat while suffering from Cancer.


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