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Dance Your Way Past Cancer

Friday, 15 Nov 2013 08:31 AM

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Dance Dance Revolution is a Wii game we've often recommended as a great way to help you get in shape while you're having fun. But there's a new dance revolution on the horizon - and it's for adult cancer survivors.

Getting back into good physical shape after cancer treatment can be tough, physically and psychologically. But it's key to beating the disease and avoiding recurrence.

Just as important, and sometimes more challenging, is restoring intimacy between couples who have had to deal with prostate cancer, a mastectomy or hysterectomy. (More than half report they were not prepared to deal with the effect treatment had on their sexual relationship.) Well, here's a way to do both.

The University of Alabama is recruiting folks who have battled cancer to take part in a study of physical fitness and relationship intimacy that they call "a couples ballroom-dance intervention." Say hello to Ballroom Dancing With the Cancer All-Stars.

This is a great idea, and it's worked before.

Just ask Joan Cashon, 73, a three-time cancer survivor and award-winning competitive ballroom dancer. Her husband gave her ballroom dancing lessons 13 years ago, after her last bout of chemo, and she hasn't looked back - except when she tangos!

If you're a cancer survivor or love someone who is, before you two start cuttin' the rug, get the green light from your doctor. Then find a ballroom dance studio with a suitable program or an instructor who is interested in working with you. Make a date, and see where the music takes you!

© 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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