Exercise and Breast Cancer: Pink Power Zumba Party

Sunday, November 24, 2013 Stef dela Cruz, MD 0 Comments

The only regret I have while writing about the Pink Power Zumba Party at Lucky Chinatown Mall is that I didn’t get to go. It would have been nice to participate in a one-day event that empowered women in the fight against breast cancer!

Exercise and breast cancer

Here’s to hoping there’s a next time. After all, zumba and other exercises don’t just keep us fit; they also help protect us from cancer.

Oh, and I’m holding a Pink Power Giveaway on this blog – you win GCs for hair extensions and upper lip threading! Be patient; I’ll get to that in a little while.

Zumba and Cancer Prevention

It’s not a myth; doing zumba or any other exercise regularly just might keep breast cancer at bay. If you don’t quite see the connection between exercise and a lower cancer risk, lend me your ears eyes for a moment.

We know that exercise helps us stay fit and healthy. But exercise also helps fight cancer! That’s due to many reasons, some of which I share with you below.

  • Exercise reduces cancer risk as it changes one’s hormonal milieu. In a study involving postmenopausal women, those who exercised more regularly (about 3 to 4 days a week) had lower estrogen levels. Estrogen affects breast tissue activity, lending more credence to the notion that exercise prevents breast cancer.

Pink Power Zumba Party

  • The benefits of exercise don’t stop at prevention! Exercise also helps women with breast cancer overcome cancer-related fatigue. Women diagnosed with breast cancer tend to get tired more easily, whether directly due to cancer, other related conditions, or to their treatment. Studies show that exercise helps alleviate cancer fatigue – it may be counterintuitive because exercise makes you feel tired initially, but you probably know how you feel invigorated days after. More research needs to be done to quantify and qualify the exercise that women will benefit from the most. Still, the value of exercise in promoting a sense of well-being and vigor is quite promising.
  • Exercise may also prevent lymphedema due to breast surgery. Breast cancer warriors often fear lymphedema after mastectomy. That’s because lymphatic nodes and vessels are removed during surgery, potentially affecting lymph drainage of the affected arm. Using that arm often may actually produce more lymph, leading to lymphedema. But a randomized control trial shows that exercise and physiotherapy after breast surgery actually reduce lymphedema occurrence. (It still goes without saying that any exercise regimen should be approved and monitored by your doctor.)

Pink Power Zumba Party at Lucky Chinatown Mall

The Pink Power Zumba Party took place at Lucky Chinatown Mall on October 25, 2013. It is a breast cancer initiative promoted by Megaworld Lifestyle Malls in partnership with Lucky Chinatown, Tokyo Posh, Browhaus, and ICanServe Foundation.

And if you’re patient enough, you’ll see the details of the Pink Power Giveaway right after the photos! Woot!

Breast cancer awareness

Lucky Chinatown Mall

Pink Power Zumba Party at Lucky Chinatown

Pink Power Breast Cancer

Pink Power

Those who attended the Pink Power Zumba Party shared different statements on how they can fight breast cancer, whether as individuals, moms, daughters, or leaders. (How I wish I could make it that day! Sigh.)

With Tokyo Posh specializing in hair enhancements and extensions, I thought it was perfect for them to lend a hand. Cancer warriors now have a place where they can pick a nice weave or wig!

Finally… The Pink Power Giveaway!

And now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for: The Pink Power Giveaway! I’ve always noticed how women tend to stick together when they’re in trouble. It’s like we’re all part of this big non-exclusive sorority and we can’t help but lend a hand!

pink power giveaway

But I digress. Join the Pink Power Giveaway and win any of the five prizes. I will be picking 5 winners:

Two (2) winners:
1 gift certificate each for hair extensions courtesy of Tokyo Posh
Two (2) winners:
1 gift certificate each for upper lip threading from BrowHaus
One (1) winner:
4 bottles of GynePro

Joining is easy. The giveaway starts on Sunday, November 24, 2013, and closes on December 1, 2013. To join, all you need is to check out the raffle widget below. (If you have Instagram and Google Plus, you get more chances of winning, so sign up for an account at Instagram and Google Plus if you haven’t yet!)


You might also want to visit CanShare on Facebook. CanShare is a group of cancer warriors in the Philippines whom I’ve had the chance to work with. If you or someone you love has breast cancer and you’re looking for a place to share your thoughts or ask questions, I personally recommend that you contact CanShare. We have a Christmas party coming up – do join us!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!