Air Travel – Do You Protect Your Arm?

It amazes me how many women who have had breast cancer surgery do not understand the need to wear a preventive sleeve when they travel by air to reduce the risk of lymphedema.  It came up again the other day in a conversation with someone I thought would have known.

Most women understand that once they get lymphedema, they need to wear a sleeve.  However, there is a lymphedema sleeve with lower compression that is designed to be worn as a preventive measure.  I always wear mine when travelling.  The air pressure in the cabin can cause a build up of fluid.  I did recently read some research that disclaimed this, but the fact is, I do know of people who got lymphedema from cabin pressure.  I’d rather be safe then sorry.  It doesn’t take much to wear a sleeve.



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