Thursday, March 24, 2011

Beat Breast Cancer with Exercise and Weight Lifting

It's a very physically and emotionally draining process when breast cancer patients undergo cancer treatment. For years, breast cancer patients are usually advised not to lift anyting heavy after surgery.

New research shows that strength training after lump removal could help decrease risk of lymphedema (a limb-swelling condition) by 35 percent according to a University of Pennsylvania study.

The researchers say that the small amount of physiological stress that weight lifting puts on the body helps increase it's ability to fight inflammation - a key cause of lymphedema.

Cancer patients are recommended to get the doctor's approval before starting a weight lifting or strength training program. Also look for a certified personal fitness trainer who understand your conditions and can tailor the workout routine and exercise program to your needs.

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