Wearing a Breast Cancer Medical Alert Bracelet could very well save your life! Medical identification jewelry is vitally important for those with certain conditions such as heart conditions, Alzheimer’s, stroke, epilepsy, allergies, those who are cancer survivors, those who wear pacemakers, those on special medications, and for those individuals with various other special needs.
A Breast Cancer Medical Alert Bracelet is very important in the event of an accident where loss of consciousness is a big possibility. Medical first responders, paramedics, nurses and physicians are taught to look for this kind of identification tag as it supplies them with vital information should the patient not be able to do so themselves. This information could identify the potential cause of a life-threatening situation. It will also identify any drug allergies, contact details of the next-of-kin and other valuable medical information when you cannot speak for yourself.
How Medic Alert Bracelets Work
- A Medic Alert bracelet or other type of medical alert jewelery speaks for you when you cannot speak for yourself.
- Each bracelet carries certain vital life-saving information engraved directly on the bracelet and a membership number.
- Each bracelet also carries a Medic Alert hotline number where the medical professional can access more medical history and personal information on the wearer.
Benefits of a Breast Cancer Medical Alert Bracelet
One of the most recognized international companies where you can acquire a breast cancer medical alert bracelet is Medic Alert. Becoming a MedicAlert member means that any conditions or allergies that you have will be displayed on your bracelet or other form of medical identity jewelry. It also means that your medical history will always be safely electronically stored and immediately accessible to medical professionals no matter where you are in the world. It is up to you to ensure that your medical history is kept up to date.
MedicAlert also offers members other services such as a kid smart program, a live 24-hour emergency response service in the case of an emergency, and various other services. Over and above the charge for the bracelet, annual membership is offered at different rates, dependent on the types of services that you require.
You can also include other important information on the breast cancer medical alert bracelet such as allergies, life-saving medications that you are taking, or other medical conditions, and even next-of-kin contact details.
Breast cancer survivors and Lymphedema
The most important reason for a breast cancer survivor to wear a breast cancer medical alert bracelet is because of their high risk of lymphedema.
- Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial tissue. It can cause swelling, mostly in the arms and/or legs, but sometimes also in other parts of the body. There are two different classifications of Lymphedema; primary Lymphedema can develop when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired; secondary Lymphedema can result when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed.
- When the impairment causes there to be more lymphatic fluid than can be transported, an abnormal amount of protein-rich fluid collects in the tissues of the affected area. If this condition is not treated, this stagnant, protein-rich fluid results in tissue channels increasing in size and number, and also reduces the available oxygen in the transport system. It will interfere with the capacity of the body to heal wounds and provides a culture medium for and infection called Lymphangitis.
- Breast cancer survivors are at risk of secondary Lymphedema, which can result from infection, surgery, radiation, or trauma. Surgery for breast cancer requires the removal of the lymph nodes, which puts survivors at risk. Add to this that many survivors also undergo radiation treatment and Lymphangitis is a big possibility.
- It is important to wear a breast cancer medical alert bracelet for the rest of your life, as secondary Lymphedema does not always develop immediately after surgery or radiation treatment; it can surface years later. It can also develop when chemotherapy is administered to the affected side (on which the surgery was performed). The onset of Lymphedema in post-cancer surgery patients has also been linked to aircraft flight and is thought to have something to do with the decreased cabin pressure.
- Lymphangitis can cause red blotchy skin, discoloration, rash, increase of swelling and/or temperature of the skin, a heavy sensation in the limb, itching of the affected area, discoloration, pain, and often also a sudden onset of high fever and chills. This condition will have to be addressed by the use of antibiotics such as Penicillin.
It is important that you make yourself aware of all the medical facts surrounding secondary Lymphedema if you are a breast cancer survivor or have in fact had surgery or radiation treatment for any other kind of cancer where the lymph glands may have been impaired or removed.
The Importance of a Breast Cancer Medical Alert Bracelet
The breast cancer medical alert bracelet serves to warn medical staff that there is a chance of Lymphedema, and not to give injections, draw blood, or attempt blood pressure readings on the affected limb(s). This is vital as any puncture wound made in the affected limb could cause an infection, and the pressure used to take blood pressure readings is akin to that in airplane cabins.
A breast cancer medical alert bracelet, like other medical alert jewelry can be accessed locally or via the Internet, and various types of companies offer them. One thing to be careful of when sourcing a medical alert bracelet is to ensure that the information on the bracelet is tied to a central control which houses your full medical history in secure vaults as well as having the basic details on the actual bracelet. There needs to be 24/7 access to this information so that should a medical emergency occur and you cannot speak for yourself, the medical personnel can acquire the information easily and quickly.
Although there are many high-fashion medical alert bracelets, it is not a good idea to get a breast cancer medical alert bracelet which is too ornate, as it may be missed by emergency medical personnel. There are some really nice stainless steel, silver, platinum, titanium and gold bracelets, as well as ones specifically designed from lightweight and waterproof material for sporty types. A breast cancer medical alert bracelet can be fashionable, but they should always be visible, and should carry the official universal emergency medical alert symbol designed by the American Medical Association in 1963.