Breast Cancer and Dragon Boating

A very inspiring story

Connecting with Science

One of the Breast Friends Edmonton teams racing at the 2010 Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival One of the Breast Friends Edmonton teams racing at the 2008 Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival

With October being breast cancer awareness month it seemed fitting to write about the connections between breast cancer and dragon boating. At every festival I have attended there are teams of breast cancer survivors. There are breast cancer survivor challenge races, flower ceremonies, and generally not a lot of dry eyes. But how did the connection between breast cancer and dragon boating start?

I am proud to say that it started in Canada, Vancouver to be exact, when Dr. Don McKenzie questioned the standard medical recommendation that individuals who had been treated for breast cancer should not engage in strenuous and repetitive upper body activity. The reasoning behind this recommendation was that because there are lymph nodes located under the arm that are removed or damaged by  both surgery and radiation. Lymph is a clear to…

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