As of 2013, March is now known as Lymphedema Awareness Month. We are kicking off the month with a Blog post to raise awareness of the condition. On March 6th, The Lymphedema Awareness Community celebrates Lymphedema D-Day. This is the community's way of promoting awareness and change. This is also a way to promote better coverage for the condition through awareness and honor the patients who endure struggles with this condition. The National Lymphedema Network's (NLN) first D-Day was in 1994.
The NLN promotes Screening for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema for better outcomes. In studies it has been shown that 32% of Breast Cancer Surgical Patients endure Persistent Swelling. A study in 2012 showed that Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) essentially prevents this swelling when implemented after surgery. Wyatt Rehab Screens Breast Cancer Patients through Bioimpedance prior to surgery to establish a baseline so that post-operative swelling can be brought under control expeditiously through Manual Lymph Drainage as prescribed by your surgeon. Please read more about Wyatt's Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program.