- More than 3.3 million US women with a history of breast cancer were alive on January 1, 2015.
- Some of these women were cancer-free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment.
- Only 40% of the breast cancer survival women develops Lymphedema. It has been defined as an abnormal accumulation of tissue proteins, edema, and chronic inflammation within an extremity.
- Treatment regimens have been prescribed in an effort to mitigate swelling and the potential complications of this condition.
- Therapeutic efforts remain focused on minimizing edema and reversing and restoring the functional and cosmetic nature of the limb.