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Press Release: Lymphedema Association of Manitoba hosts 2nd Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium

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The Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM) is hosting the 2nd Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium in Winnipeg, MB on Saturday, March 8th 2014. The LAM's goal is to bring together health care professionals and patients while opening the lines of communication and increasing awareness of lymphedema in Manitoba. Press Release (02/05/2014) Winnipeg, MB - The Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM) is hosting the 2nd Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium at St. John's College, (University of Manitoba), Winnipeg, MB on Saturday, March 8th 2014.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Anna Towers, Founding Co-chair of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework. Dr. Towers is also Associate Professor of Oncology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and Director of the Lymphedema Program at the McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Towers will be speaking on "Lymphedema Care in Canada: What does the Future Hold?"

Additional speakers include, Karen Dobbin, PT, presenting "The Challenges and Gaps of Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Management in Manitoba", and Lyle Bauer, Founder and Co-chair of Never Alone Foundation.

The speakers aim to increase awareness of lymphedema and improve communication between health care professionals and patients.

Lymphedema is a chronic condition that one can be born with but can also occur when lymph vessels are damaged or removed as a result of surgery or cancer treatments. Compression therapy is an essential component of treatment for the swelling that results from lymphedema. Despite being an ongoing necessity, no medically prescribed compression garments are funded by the government for any Manitoba resident with lymphedema.

There is no cure for lymphedema; however, it can be successfully managed if diagnosed and treated in a timely way. Managing lymphedema involves diligent care of the affected body part.

Registration will open at 8:00am and the symposium will start promptly at 8:45am and adjourn by 5:00pm. Registration for members is $40 and $55 for non-members which includes healthy snacks and lunch. Parking at the College is free on Saturdays. Visit for more information.

The LAM is a non-profit association in the pursuit of resources, information, education, awareness, and support for those affected with or at risk of primary or secondary lymphedema; their families, health care professionals and the general public.

For more information or interviews, contact:

Kim Avanthay, President
Lymphedema Association of Manitoba Email:


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