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In study, lifting weights does not raise risk of lymphedema for breast cancer survivors

Posted Date: December 08, 2010

Breast cancer survivors sometimes avoid strength training for fear it could increase their chances of lymphedema, blockage of the lymphatic system. But a study finds that a yearlong weightlifting program did not raise the risk of lymphedema among women who had had breast cancer.

Breast cancer survivors sometimes avoid strength training for fear it could increase their chances of lymphedema, blockage of the lymphatic system. But a study finds that a yearlong weightlifting program did not raise the risk of lymphedema among women who had had breast cancer.

Comment: Before beginning any exercise regimen after surgery or treatment, women should always check with their physicians and surgeons and the recommendations for an individual may vary from the results of this small but encouraging study.
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