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Touch Bionics supports Limb Loss Awareness Month

April 2012 is National Limb Loss Awareness Month.

Championed by the Amputee Coaltion, the goal of Limb Loss Awareness Month is to raise awareness about living with limb loss and to reduce preventable limb loss through education, resources and support.

Limb Loss Awareness Month will also provide local community volunteers a month to celebrate the advances in limb loss care and the success stories of those affected in their communities. The Amputee Coalition will be working with organizations across the country to address preventable limb loss through the distribution of prevention materials and partnership in clinics for diabetics to learn the importance of checking their feet. You too can get involved by volunteering your time.

Facts About Limb Loss

  • There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States.
  • Among those living with limb loss, the main causes are vascular disease (54%) - including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease - trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%).
  • Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year.
  • In 2009, hospital costs associated with amputation totaled more than $8.3 billion
  • African‐Americans are up to four times more likely to have an amputation than white Americans
  • 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
  • Of persons with diabetes who have a lower extremity amputation, up to 55% will require amputation of the second leg within 2‐3 years
  • The Amputee Coalition is reaching out to people affected by limb loss or limb difference and those who care for them to encourage community action and increased visibility of limb loss issues at a local level. See their tip sheet for 15 Places to Distribute Educational Info.