Mesothelioma: a rare cancer, and yoga might help.
A couple of weeks ago, a public outreach coordinator (Rachel) from Abestos.com, contacted me about YB and wondered if we'd welcome cancer patients diagnosed with mesothelioma. Though rare, the same treatment options available to lung cancer patients exists for those whom a diagnosis is made. Becoming short of breath, losing weight and all the similar symptoms of lung cancer might indicate mesothelioma.
What can YB do? We can welcome another group of cancer survivors who might benefit from yoga and especially from continuous and gentle breathing practices. It's important that you talk with your doctor when lungs are involved in being treated. When taking yoga training, we had a leading lung specialist talk to us about the importance of slow, easy, continuous breathing practices for those with lung and heart involvement.
Yoga is not a competitive practice. It is an opening to the world of self discovery and self honoring practices that lead to deeper peace and relaxation.
Here are some facts about Mesothelioma.
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Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that primarily affects the lining of the lungs, but can also affect the heart, abdomen and other organs. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, comprising around .3 percent of all cancer diagnoses. The average age at diagnosis is 62 years of age, occurs about four times more frequently in men than in women and is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.