REGULAR exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer returning by up to 50 per cent.
That's the message organisation Choose to Tri, fronted by a Cahersiveen woman, are getting across in Kerry this week as they prepare for a sporting event in Tralee shortly.
Taking place in tandem with the Tralee Triathlon on June 29 will be a much more doable event for 'everyday people' according to June O'Connell of Choose to Tri. They are undertaking it together with a team from Tralee's Recovery Haven, who were getting in some vital practice this week.
The Cahersiveen native says that regular exercise is vital for women to do everything they can to prevent breast cancer recurring. "The science is very clear today but not getting across to enough people yet and that's where we in Choose to Tri come in. We don't fundraise, we're simply about increasing awareness about the importance of exercise during and after the completion of breast-cancer treatment."
June cited consultant medical oncologist at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin Dr Janice Walshe's view in support. Dr Walshe recently said that whenever she is asked by patients who have completed treatment how best they can keep cancer from returning she advises: 'The answer from all the literature is consistent; exercise and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI).'
To keep people running Choose to Tri are now partnering with big events across the country. "We're creating smaller events on the side that are more doable. Exercise doesn't have to be difficult or painful to benefit, that's just a myth we're keen to shatter and we're delighted to come on board with the Tralee Triathlon next week," June added.
June urged everyone interested, men and women, to join in the fun on the day and raise more awareness about the positives of exercise.