For years, beast cancer survivors have been warned about lifting heavy objects for fear of developing or worsening a serious post-treatment condition called lymphedema. Lymphedema is swelling of arms, legs or trunk that occurs from the build-up of lymph fluid. A new study by Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when women practice proper weightlifting techniques, the risk of lymphedema drops significantly.
The exercise program listed in this study is our very own “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA”. This program is a partnership between LIVESTRONG and the YMCA and is a place where cancer survivors can access physical activity programs that are both safe and effective. This is a huge accomplishment for the program to be recognized in such a prestigious journal. In 2008 and 2009, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program was piloted in 10 cities across the country. By 2010, our goal is to expand the program to at least 150 YMCAs nationwide. For more information about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, please visit www.livestrong.org/ymca