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I’m at risk

"I am at risk of developing lymphedema if..."

I suffer from venous insufficiency

I live with severe obesity (BMI of 40 or more)

I've had non-cancer-related surgery that has damaged my lymph nodes

I am an elderly or disabled person confined to a chair or bed

I've been treated for cancer and had lymph nodes removed during surgery or damaged by radiotherapy

I've suffered trauma that has affected lymph nodes, such as an accident, severe burns or flesh-eating bacteria

Members of my family have been diagnosed with lymphedema or have a "big arm" or "big leg"

Anyone in any of these situations can develop lymphedema.

When trauma (such as radiotherapy, surgery, accident, or illness) is involved, lymphedema usually develops within the first two years following the trauma, but the risk remains for life. If you can do something about the cause of the risk of lymphedema (for example, venous insufficiency, severe obesity, or prolonged immobilization), we encourage you to talk to your health-care team right away to get the best advice.

If you are at risk of lymphedema due to trauma, assess your risk of developing lymphedema (PDF)

Consult your healthcare professional to validate your actual risk.

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