12 Mar: Karcher Bill To Raise Awareness Of Lymphedema Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher which would designate March 6 of each year as “Lymphedema Awareness Day,” was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 37-0.

“Lymphedema is a severe and debilitating medical condition in which lymphatic fluid causes painful swelling in the arms, legs, or elsewhere in the body,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “In cases when it’s caught early, it can be treated, but in untreated cases, it can cause disfigurement, severe infection, and the loss of the use of the limbs. We want to get the word out about this disease, and encourage anyone who may be at risk to get checked out.”