Lymphedema is a damaging disease that affects the physical, emotional, and mental health of individuals. It is an unrivaled stressor because most sufferers already experienced life altering moments when they were diagnoses with breast, prostate, or other forms of cancer.
Studies show that 1 in 3 breast cancer patients, 1 in 6 men prostate cancer patients, and 1 and 5 in melanoma patients suffer from this condition within 6 to 12 months after surgery.
Lymphedema does not only affect cancer patients, persons born with an underdeveloped lymphatic system, and those who suffer from traumatic experiences are also vulnerable to this condition.
Fighting Lymphedema is like seeking to conquer an invisible enemy because:
- Medicare covers just an estimated 2% of general medical expenses
- No standard guidelines for its diagnosis and assessment exist
- The disease is intermittent and unpredictable.
- Available data is insufficient to assist in reducing its morbidity
- 200,000 cases per year in the US
Ana Maria Mendieta
Physical Therapist & Certified Lymphedema Therapist
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