Obesity Linked to Lymphedema Risk in Breast Cancer Survivors

by: cancercompass

New research links obesity to increased risk of lymphedema, a chronic swelling condition affecting many breast cancer survivors.

University of Missouri researchers say a woman's risk of developing lymphedema increases 40 to 60% if her body mass index (BMI) is classified as overweight or obese compared to normal weight women.

Researchers said lymphedema is a risk for two-thirds of breast cancer survivors in the first 30 months following surgery.  

Increased health education was recommended by the study's authors.

Learn more about lymphedema management for breast cancer survivors.