October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While we’ve made great advances in management, prevention and awareness when it comes to overcoming breast cancer, there is still no cure and women, men and families across the nation face its realities on a daily basis.
According to recent statistics* in the U.S., 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2013 alone, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women across the U.S. Thankfully, early detection and increased awareness have improved the survival rate during the past decade. While the emotional impact breast cancer inflicts on individuals as well as their families is overwhelming, the side effects such as nausea and vomiting from the treatment can be just as challenging and in some cases, delay further treatment. It is estimated that 20-50% of patients with unsuccessfully controlled nausea and vomiting delay one or more scheduled course of chemotherapy or refuse further treatment (Laslo, 1983).
Antiemetic drugs are often the standard protocol for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, however in many cases the patient’s nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy is rebellious to these drugs and in these cases, acupressure through a means like Sea-Band, is suggested. Sea-Band is a knitted, elasticated wristband that contains a plastic stud on the inside of the band that applies pressure to the Nei Kuan P6 acupressure point which helps to relieve nausea and vomiting.
A recent study** examined the effects of acupressure on women who were diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The researchers had just more than half of the participants wear Sea-Bands for five consecutive days while the control group was provided antiemetic drugs. The findings confirmed that the chemotherapy-related nausea experience, occurrence and distress were significantly lower in the acupressure group than the control group. You can learn more from Sea-Band on post-operative and chemotherapy induced nausea at http://www.sea-band.com/cancer-nausea-and-vomiting-chemotherapy
We are excited by the strides being made daily in the advancement of treatment, prevention and awareness of breast cancer and are proud to come together each October to support breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. Learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month here: http://www.nbcam.org/.
Sea-Band acupressure wristbands and Anti-Nausea ginger gum can help with the relief of nausea from morning sickness, motion sickness, migraine, post-operative and /or chemotherapy and is available for purchase at Target stores as well as major retailers. Learn more at www.Sea-Band.com and connect with Sea-Band on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Sea-Band
**The effects of P6 acupressure in the prophylaxis of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients