📣Today is WORLD LYMPHOEDEMA DAY 📣 but I bet you didn't know that! And yet, over 240,000 men, women and children in the UK live with this chronic illness - myself included.
Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body's tissues and is developed when the lymphatic system doesn't work properly. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs. It frequently leads to infections like cellulitis.
Secondary lymphoedema affects 2 in 10 women with breast cancer, and cancer patients who have lymph nodes removed as part of their treatment have a 50% chance of developing #LE.
There is currently no cure for lymphoedema and managing it is expensive. Patients are often unsupported and left to fend for themselves. So it's time we changed that! ✌🏻I just thought you all should know ✌🏻 #lymphedema #worldlymphedemaday2017 #awareness #medicalresearch