Female Bodybuilders: Weight Training and Breast Cancer Surgery

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Science Daily is reporting that women who lift weights after having breast cancer surgery are…

Less likely than their non-weightlifting peers to experience worsening symptoms of lymphedema, the arm- and hand-swelling condition that plagues many women following surgery for their disease.

Prior to this study, it had been believed that weight training made the symptoms of lymphedema worse. Doctors had recommended that women completely avoid weight training.

“Our study challenges the historical medical recommendations for women who get lymphedema after breast cancer, and is another example of well-meaning medical advice turning out to be misguided,” says lead author Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, an associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a member of Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center.

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