Fitness and Cancer

A new study suggests that weightlifting may improve breast cancer survivors' outlook on life.

Researchers say about 80 percent of survivors who took up weight-training twice a week saw improved scores on a quality of life survey.

In contrast, 51 percent of participants in a control group did.

Researchers say it appears the weightlifting helped the women regain a feeling of control of their bodies.

The physical and psychological benefits of exercise are well-documented.

But this study is the first to apply scientific methodology to looking at how weight-training helps women who have had breast cancer.

The study is to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Cancer.