Governor LePage Declares March 6, 2012 as National Lymphedema Awareness "D" Day

March 6, 2012

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage issued the following proclamation declaring March 6, 2012 to be National Lymphedema Awareness "D" Day:

"WHEREAS, each year, on March 6, the National Lymphedema Network and the lymphedema community nationwide celebrate Lymphedema Awareness �D� Day to honor inspirational lymphedema patients; and

WHEREAS, left untreated, lymphedema leads to chronic inflammation, infection and hardening of the skin that, in turn, results in further lymph vessel damage and distortion of the shape of affected body parts; and

WHEREAS, the most common form of lymphedema in the United States is Secondary Lymphedema, which occurs from damage to the lymphatic system, commonly from cancer and its treatment; and

WHEREAS, the risk of developing lymphedema does not diminish over time, but is a lifelong risk; and

WHEREAS, early diagnosis is important since treatment is most effective when lymphedema is diagnosed at the earliest stage; and

WHEREAS, the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, do hereby recognize March 6, 2012 as


throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance."

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