The effects of cancer are extremely widespread; most of us can name a loved one or friend that has battled some form of the disease. It is a major health problem that causes one in four deaths in the United States. The year 2013 is coming to a close, but according to the American Cancer Society, it was estimated that there would be a total of 1,660,290 new cancer cases and 580,350 cancer deaths this year alone.
For those that survive a bout with cancer, exercise is one important component of the recovery process. The Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship has shared that studies show that “exercise can lower rates of relapse for people with breast and colorectal cancers.” As difficult as it may be to get back into the swing of things, exercise can improve a person’s quality of life, increase energy, and reduce fatigue.
The Lucy Curci Cancer Center in Rancho Mirage, CA understands the many needs of cancer survivors and offers a weekly walking class on Fridays from 8-8:45 am. The class provides a speaker every week, walking education, stretching, a brisk walk and a cool down to finish off. Community members, patients and loved ones are invited.
Whether it is in a class such as this, or simply walking around your neighborhood, make sure that you are wearing appropriate shoes. A walking shoe should have a cushioned sole, good arch support, and a firm heel cup to prevent your foot from slipping around. If you are in need of foot care or help finding comfortable walking shoes, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger, a trusted podiatrist in the Coachella Valley area. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.