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.