Breast Cancer Exercise

Warning signals

If you have had breast cancer and now you have the ok from your doctor and you are starting your breast cancer exercise plan there are certain warning signals that you should listen to. Please remember that it is extremely important that you wait until your doctor gives you the all clear.

This page is here to advise you of some of the warning signals that you should listen to if you start or return to Pilates. Please also take some time to educate yourself about Lymphedema and the potential risks.

Your Pilates positions should be comfortable for you.

Here are some of the more obvious warning signals that you need to be aware of. If you have or have had breast cancer and you are about to enter into a breast cancer exercise plan please be mindful of how you FEEL when you are exercising.

If you should experience any of the following you should stop exercising immediately and check with your doctor.






You should wait 24 - 36 hours before you exercise if you have experienced vomiting or diarrhea.

Remember also that you should check the range of motion in your affected arm or arms before you begin training. You should wait at least six weeks from your surgery AND have the ok from your doctor.

If you have been advised to wear a compression sleeve take it along to your class and work out in a clean environment.

Breast Cancer Survival Statistics

According to the National Cancer Institute, the five year survival rates, for women with breast cancer, are as follows:

Stage 0 or stage 1 breast cancer is close to 100%

Stage ll breast cancer is approximately 93%

Stage lll breast cancer is approximately 72%

(These five year survival rates are estimates)

These are some very encouraging figures! In the UK recent reports suggest that survival rates are rising. More and more women and men are surviving breast cancer and need appropriate ways to exercise and regain their strength and health.

Take your time and don't rush. Learning how to relax and meditate may be something that you can incorporate into your recovery and exercise plan. Setting realistic goals and taking your time will be more beneficial for you in the long run.

If you would like more information about breast cancer, how to protect yourself, breast cancer stages and more Early Detection For Breast Cancer has more valuable information for you.


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