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A Few Things you Should Know About Cancer and Massage

What is Cancer? Cancer is when a normal body cell mutates and replicates uncontrollably.  The oncogene is the gene that has been given credit for in certain circumstances, transforming a cell into a tumor cell. Thus the oncology unit at ASM that educates it's students on the pathology of cancer and appropriate manual practices for these patients. 
Recent studies show that cancer will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States.  That is a large population so chances are very high, that as massage therapists we will work with someone with a cancer history or in treatment for cancer.  That is why it is so important for us to know how to safely and effectively work with these clients. 
     Information on how to work with this demographic has changed so much in just the last decade! Years ago massage therapists were told not to do bodywork on cancer patients in fear it would accelerate the spread of the cancer cells. After loads of research we are now learning that mass…