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Weight lifting benefits for breast cancer survivors

September 23, 2009

Research released in today’s New England Journal of Medicine shows that progressive weight training not only improves bone density but can also actually help cancer patients feel better. Breast cancer survivors who develop lymphedema, the arm- and hand-swelling condition that plagues many women following surgery for their disease, are often advised to avoid weight training or even carrying heavy bags of groceries for fear that the weight will exacerbate their symptoms, but this is a common misconception. A University of Minnesota Expert who can talk about physical activity and chronic diseases is:

Rehana Ahmed-Saucedo, medical resident at the University of Minnesota.  Ahmed-Saucedo can comment on physical activity for cancer patients and provide tips for survivors to safely stay healthy. Ahmed-Saucedo is a lead author for the New England Journal of Medicine study.

To interview one of the experts, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.

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