March is Lymphoedema Awareness Month and this year, the Australasian Lymphology Association is highlighting the signs of lymphoedema so that people, particularly those at higher risk such as resulting from treatment for cancer, know what to look for and when to seek early intervention.
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition, with one in every 6,000 people living with primary lymphoedema and approximately 20% of all cancer survivors developing secondary lymphoedema. Lymphoedema can affect people of all ages. It occurs when lymphatic circulation fails to function correctly, causing fluid build-up into afflicting in the limbs, breast, head neck or genital regions. It is estimated that currently over 40,000 Australians are living with this condition.
With early diagnosis, assessment, intervention and treatment, this chronic condition can be more easily managed and the quality of life improved.
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