April is a National Limb Loss Awareness Month!
There are people living with limb loss around us every day, many more than we realize. They live full and active lives.
What is Limb Loss?
Limb Loss is the loss of all or part of an arm or leg due to trauma, infection, diabetes, heart disease, cancer or other diseases and accidents.
According to the Amputee Coalition of America, there are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States, and more than 500 Americans will lose a limb each day. Among those living with limb loss, the main causes are vascular disease – including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease – trauma and cancer. Sadly, nearly half of the individuals who have an amputation due to vascular disease will die within 5 years. This is higher than the five-year mortality rates for breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.
Why recognize Limb Loss Awareness Month?
National Limb Loss Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the limb loss community, and the various causes – both accidental and medical – of limb loss.
But, it is also a great opportunity to empower people affected by limb loss to live full and active lives and to achieve their full potential.
Have a wonderful month and check back with us for more information.