Baptist Health Paducah will hold its fourth Lymphedema Awareness Event in March.

The hospital has a new device, ImpediMed's SOZO, to help screen for the condition, which causes swelling when the lymphatic system is either faulty or damaged.

Commonly, cancer treatments that remove or damage lymph nodes or vessels can cause the condition, for which surgery, chemotherapy, obesity and radiation are also risk factors.

Lymphedema therapists will host the event at the hospital's Larry Barton Atrium from 9 a.m. to noon March 6.

Hospital officials said studies show treatment at an early stage, which can be detected with the new technology, can reverse some of the changes, though Stage 2 disease is irreversible.

"Therapy can make a big difference -- the earlier, the better," lymphedema therapist Angie Lamb said.

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