National Limb Loss Awareness Month Raises THE Question: Are you at Risk?

National Limb Loss Awareness Month Raises THE Question: Are you at 
Risk?

Get Your Limb Loss Risk Assessment at www.amputee-coalition.org/risk

Each day 507 people lose a limb, largely to vascularrelated diseases, and 60 percent are preventable. The Amputee Coalition, a national 
nonprofit based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is on a mission to increase awareness about limb 
loss prevention and about those living with limb loss. 

"Limb loss is not uncommon and, sadly, becoming less uncommon every day," said Kendra 
Calhoun, Amputee Coalition president and CEO. "More than 2 million Americans live with 
limb loss and that number grows by 185,000 each year. Our goals for Limb Loss Awareness 
Month are to heighten public awareness about limb loss and increase people's 
understanding of prevention – especially those most at risk." The Amputee Coalition is 
sponsoring a nationwide awareness campaign with April as Limb Loss Awareness Month and 
offering an online risk assessment for limb loss.

"Many people are unaware of the causes of amputation and often see limb loss in just a few 
categories: the wounded warrior or the accomplished athlete," added Calhoun. "The fact 
is, limb loss affects every generation, from young to old and people from all walks of life. 
Those at greatest risk are people who have diabetes or a vascular impairment such as 
peripheral arterial disease. Cancer is also a cause of limb loss, but traumatic limb loss can 
happen to anyone – from lawnmower and farm equipment accidents to motorcycle and car 
accidents."

During the month of April across the United States, amputee support groups, veterans, 
prosthetists, rehabilitation centers and those with limb loss will be participating in a 
number of activities in their local areas to raise awareness.

Statistics
 The main causes of limb loss are vascular disease (54 percent), trauma (45 percent) and cancer (less than 2 percent).
 60 percent of limb loss is preventable.
 Diabetes and vascular disease are the leading causes of limb loss.
 In 2008, hospital charges associated with having a limb amputated totaled more 
than $7.2 billion in healthcare costs. 
 Nearly 60 percent of the amputation procedures performed in 2008 were paid for by 
Medicaid and Medicare, totaling more than $5.2 billion in healthcare costs.
 600 children lose a limb due to lawnmower accidents each year.
 African Americans are four times more likely to lose a limb than non-Hispanic white 
persons.
 75 percent of pediatric amputations are due to trauma.

Limb Loss Awareness Month designates a specific time to:
 Provide support for individuals within the limb loss community
 Raise public awareness about limb loss education; provide education and prevention 
information to both the limb loss community and the rest of the population
 Provide an opportunity for individuals to discuss quality of life and other issues they 
face with the public, legislators and the media
 Recognize the contributions of military veteran amputees.

As part of Limb Loss Awareness Month, the Amputee Coalition urges people to go to the 
Limb Loss Awareness Month Web site to take the Limb Loss Risk Test. Learn your probability 
for limb loss by taking this quick and easy online test.

About the Amputee Coalition 
The Amputee Coalition is the national nonprofit organization serving more than 2 million 
people with limb loss and more than 28 million people at risk for amputation. This year, the 
Amputee Coalition is proudly celebrating 25 years of service.
For more information: visit amputee-coalition.org or call 888/267-5669.