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Mammograms For Boxers; Meditation Therapy

January 6, 2012
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The World Boxing Council this week announced that it would pay for mammograms for all women who are licensed professional boxers.

The WBC, one of the four major bodies that sanctions championship fights in boxing’s various weight divisions, appears to be offering mammograms for all female boxers, regardless of whether they compete in WBC-sanctioned bouts. It’s hard to tell for sure; the WBC is based in Mexico, and the announcement on its Web site appears to have been translated inelegantly into English from some other language.

The announcement says the WBC was making the offer “so that breast cancer can be prevented in accordance with the periods of time advised by physicians.”

It’s also possible that the WBC made the offer in order to take some heat off its longtime president, José Sulaimán. Sulaimán said last week after boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was convicted on a domestic-violence charge: “Beating a lady is highly critical, [but] it is not a major sin or crime.”

Sulaimán later apologized and blamed an imperfect command of English (his native language is Spanish).

In other breast cancer-related news, University of Missouri researchers found that mindfulness-based stress reduction can help breast cancer survivors improve their emotional and physical well-being. A study in the December issue of the Western Journal of Nursing Research details the results.

Jane Armer, PhD, a professor of nursing, was one of the researchers. She explained:

Postdiagnosis, breast cancer patients often feel like they have no control over their lives. Knowing that they can control something—such as meditation—and that it will improve their health gives them hope that life will be normal again.

Dr. Armer was quoted in a University of Missouri news release.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction incorporates meditation, yoga, and physical awareness. The program consists of eight- to 10-week group sessions during which patients practice meditation, discuss how their bodies respond to stress, and learn coping techniques. The researchers found that those who tried the technique lowered their blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate.

The news release says the participants’ mood also improved, “and their level of mindfulness increased.” According to the study, “Mindfulness is a specific way of paying attention to what is occurring in the present moment.”

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