Why breast cancer and lymphedema bracelets are needed in emergencies

Things can go wrong when you least expect them, and a woman's medical id bracelet is the only way to communicate Lymphedema problems in a time of crisis. If you don't have a cancer/lymphedema bracelet, serious damage can occur to your arm from dangerous needle punctures and taking blood pressure. See Beginners Guide and Lymphedema Help

Your ID tag might read: 
ICE: 888-888-8888
See: medical terms and abbreviations

If you’re in some accident and can’t speak for yourself, you can feel safe knowing that any vital medical information is safely around your wrist. First responders, such as paramedics, may only have seconds to determine what they can and cannot do to help you. Having all necessary information at such easy access will assure all critical medical data is factored into the proper care being rendered at the emergency scene. 

As someone with breast cancer, you may have one or more life-threatening side effects that come along with both the disease and the treatment. You might consider engraving the following conditions in addition to cancer on your bracelet: “LYMPHEDEMA” if you have been prone to serious infections during your cancer treatment or beforehand, “ON CHEMO” to avoid fatal drug interactions, or “ANEMIC” due to its fatiguing side effects. That's why we have cancer bracelets for sale.
Cancer bracelets help avoid the serious after effects when cancer does strike and lymph nodes are removed. Don't delay and get your woman's medical ID bracelet today. 

Cancer/Lymphedema Bracelet can save your life when every second counts

Breast cancer basics you need to know

Over the course of a lifetime, women have a 12% chance of developing breast cancer without taking into account different factors that raise or lower a woman’s risk. Breast cancer occurs when cancer cells, or cells that have gone through abnormal changes or mutations, invade the breast tissue. It there forms what is known as a malignant tumor that can spread throughout the body if not caught early. There are three main types of breast cancer that can develop:

Ductal carcinoma: occurs in the lining of the milk ducts which are the tubes that carry breast milk from the milk glands to the nipple. 
Lobular carcinoma: occurs in the milk glands of the breast. 
Invasive breast cancer: is breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the breast ducts or lobules to surrounding normal tissue

Breast cancer causes

Researchers are making efforts to find a definitive cause for cancer each and every day although we still don’t have all the answers. What we do have are variables that are known to put you at risk for cancer, specifically breast cancer. There are many people at risk for breast cancer, mainly women. Somewhere around 2,000 men develop breast cancer each year in America while approximately 60,000 women will be diagnosed. Genetics also play a factor in developing breast cancer. Those with a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed (mother, sister, daughter) are twice as likely to develop the disease themselves often due to an inherited mutation. Despite those odds about 85% of breast cancers occurred in women who have no family history of breast cancer leaving most women vulnerable. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations. Lastly it is age that is a big risk factor for women; every two of three invasive cancers found in women occur in those over the age of 55. 

Avoiding injury to your arm affected by Lymphedema

There are many side-effects to post breast cancer treatment, but this is one you can avoid. To prevent injury from blood draws or pressure cuffs on an affected arm, you can simply put that warning on your medical ID plate so paramedics and doctors know what to do or not to do. For more information, see Lymphedema Lifeline Foundation or at our LLF resource page.

Lymphedema defined is: a build-up or swelling of lymph fluid within the surrounding tissues just under the skin. While undergoing surgery to remove cancer cells, doctors might also remove lymph nodes under the arms to check for infiltration of cancer cells. When the lymph nodes are removed, lymph vessels that carry fluid from the arm to the rest of the body are cut off from circulating the fluid because they, too, come out. If this happens, then the drainage and flow of lymph and waste must change patterns within the body to compensate for the loss of the vessels. This is what inherently can cause swelling if the fluids cannot properly drain from the area the node was taken out. Radiation treatment coupled with surgery can put you even more at risk for developing lymphedema. 

The problem that arises from this swelling around the chest, arms, or breasts is that if doctors aren’t aware of it and try to draw blood or give intravenous medicine it will not work and it can cause even more damage to that area of the body. It is therefore recommended for those with lymphedema to list the problem areas on their cancer medical bracelet ID tag.