March is Lymphedema Awareness Month

By Jillian Marshall

March is Lymphedema Awareness Month

March 17, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 100 million people in the U.S. have lymphedema, but most don't know what it is.

March is lymphedema Awareness Month.

Myers Center Massage and lymphedema owner Alana Myers says chronic lymphedema is a backup of fluid in any body tissue.

She said its most commonly found in cancer patients and usually affects a similar area of the body as the cancer, typically in an arm or a leg.

Lymphedema can sometimes be painful and there is no cure.

Myers says some early signs of lymphedema are tightness or swelling in the arm or the leg.

"Someone may realize that they can't put their foot into their shoe today. Or even that their rings or watches are tight," Myers said.

Treatments are usually maintenance massages and wearing a brace around the swollen area.

For more information on the Myers Center and lymphedema, click here.