Europa Donna Ireland, the advocacy group working for better breast cancer services nationwide, have launched a new free information leaflet on lymphoedema. The leaflet was unveiled as part of a Breast Health Day breakfast in the Members Restaurant at Leinster House and organised by Europa Donna Ireland with the support of Covidien, a global health care leader.
The leaflet was developed in conjunction with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and Beaumont Hospital Lymphoedema Service. Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling that can occur in the limbs, chest or back after cancer treatment. Europa Donna Ireland urged politicians to advocate for patient supports for this condition around the country.
It is estimated that approximately 10,000 people in Ireland are suffering with this condition following a cancer diagnosis.
Speaking today Dympna Watson, Chairperson, Europa Donna Ireland said: “Lymphoedema is a condition which is not yet well understood here in Ireland. Hundreds of people across the country suffer in silence with this condition and are unable to access proper treatment and support. Today we’re launching an information leaflet which provides all the background on the condition, highlights symptoms and provides advice on how to deal with lymphoedema. We’re asking people to raise awareness about the condition and highlight the need for better patient services nationwide for those living with lymphoedema.”
“We’re delighted to host today’s breakfast in partnership with Covidien as part of our Breast Health Day activations. This year’s campaign continues to encourage girls, women and men around Ireland to commit to pursuing a healthy and balanced lifestyle that can really make a difference in their health. Scientific studies are highlighting a link between healthy lifestyle choices and a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Simple lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity, eating a balanced diet and avoiding weight gain can help prevent breast cancer cases.”
Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said: “I support Europa Donna Ireland in its efforts to raise awareness for breast health. It’s a subject that’s very close to my own heart having watched people close to me suffer with the disease. The recent decision by the Government to extend the upper screening age of BreastCheck from 65 to 69 is a welcome one. This is one step further to making more services available to people around the country.”
For further information about Europa Donna Ireland and to download the latest lymphoedema leaflet log onto www.europadonnaireland.ie.