Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, so it's not uncommon to hear about professional athletes who have undergone treatment for breast cancer.
in 2012, Novlene Williams-Mills skipped the Olympic medals ceremony that was going to award her a gold medal for the 400m dash. She had a scheduled surgery which took priority so she flew back home to the United States.
In her own words, "I went from the medal stand to an operating table in the span of three days. Celebrating would have to wait. I was a 30-year-old Olympic athlete, and I had breast cancer. I’d gone from an elite athlete to one who needed help with the simplest of tasks in just a few weeks, and it’s hard to put into words how difficult that was for me."
This entire ESPN-W article with Williams-Mills is certainly worth a read this month. What an inspiring person!
Physical activity is a way of life for an athlete. They train on a regular basis, participate in various events, and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of being competitive. But this can all be affected, turned upside-down, by breast cancer. Clinical studies have provided insight into how athletes with breast cancer are affected by treatment, and what can be expected during recovery.
Treatment is a bear. Decreased muscle strength, fatigue, and pain are normal during chemotherapy and radiation. In this respect, breast cancer is disruptive of a training routine that has been hard fought for. Sometimes the mental and emotional strain of battling breast cancer is just as intense as the physical.
Exercising during treatment does have a positive impact on the body, and is often recommended by physicians. Side effects may make this difficult, so it's best to exercise caution, make sure to consult with your doctor, and don't overdo it. Breast cancer is not a competition!
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we salute women everywhere who are undergoing or have undergone treatment for breast cancer. It requires a level of bravery that many of us cannot imagine. We're inspired by the strength and courage which you display, and we hope you will free to talk with us.
The National Institute of Health is subject to the same roadblocks as all of us, regarding research into cannabinoids, so there is not necessarily a huge wealth of research regarding CBD and Breast Cancer. There have been a few promising trials:
- Antitumor activity of plant cannabinoids with emphasis on the effect of cannabidiol on human breast carcinoma
- Cannabidiol induces programmed cell death in breast cancer cells by coordinating the cross-talk between apoptosis and autophagy
- Pathways mediating the effects of cannabidiol on the reduction of breast cancer cell proliferation, invasion, and metastasis
- Cannabidiol as a novel inhibitor of Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells
- Cannabidiolic acid, a major cannabinoid in fiber-type cannabis, is an inhibitor of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell migration