The importance of early detection in lymphoedema.
Approximately 1 in 5 patients develop breast cancer-related lymphoedema as a side effect of breast cancer treatment. Though there is a lifetime risk of developing lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment, it tends to present the first few years after breast cancer treatment.
The good news is the more you know about breast cancer-related lymphoedema, the more you can do to prevent it. Breast cancer-related lymphoedema can be detected and treated before swelling starts.
When caught early, studies show that breast cancer-related lymphoedema is potentially reversible in stage zero lymphoedema (also known as subclinical lymphoedema, which is the medical term to describe a condition before it becomes clinical or in other words “established.”) – so early detection is incredibly important to avoid life-long swelling.