If you don't then you are not alone as it's something that not many people know about - unless of course you have it.
Lymphoedema is a swelling that develops as a result of an impaired lymphatic system. This may be as a result of the lymphatic system not developing properly (Primary Lymphoedema) or through damage or trauma, (Secondary Lymphoedema) such as surgery to remove lymph nodes or radiotherapy. It can affect any part of the body but is most commonly seen in an arm or a leg, such as after breast cancer or gynaecological cancer. It's not something that just affects women either, it can also affect men.
Although it is thought to be a relatively uncommon condition, a recent study has estimated that at least 240,000 people in the UK may be affected by lymphoedema.
Because it is not very common, the condition is widely mis-understood, even by the medical profession, with many patients being mis-diagnosed or being told their is nothing that can be done for them.
Thankfully The Lymphoedema Support Network has lots of great information about the condition and details of where to get help and support.
Raising awareness of the condition is vital in helping to improve support for patients so please do your bit this week and support Lymphoedema Awareness week. You can find more information here