World Lymphedema Day 2019

The World Health Organization Goal: To make cures for lymphedema and lymphatic diseases a global priority.

Up to 10 million Americans, and hundreds of millions worldwide, suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic diseases. More people suffer from these diseases in the United States than suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS — combined.

All cancer treatment survivors, including those of melanoma, prostate and ovarian cancer, are susceptible to developing lymphedema. Breast cancer survivors can be at a high risk for developing lymphedema and 100% of those treated for neck and head cancer will develop the disease.  Yet, lymphatic diseases routinely go undiagnosed and untreated, and research is grossly underfunded. (Source: Lymphatic Education and Research Network)

yoga4cancer fully supports the Lymphedema Day and wants to help drive awareness but also provide solutions to those that either suffer from Lymphedema today or fear a future occurrence.

Lymphedema affects 15-30% of cancer patients and survivors due to common diagnostic procedures. And those that are not effected fear getting it later in life.  This is an incurable side effect of cancer treatments and can be painful & debilitating. It causes fluid build up in extremities but also can occur in other part of the body due to damage to the lymphatic system.

There are simply ways to manage symptoms and reduce occurrence:

Some additional resources here: