Health Awareness Campaigns: Breast Cancer - Women Veterans Health Care
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Health Awareness Campaigns: Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Women Veterans Health Care has created materials to expand awareness of and promote early detection of breast cancer.

Thumbnail image for breast cancer Poster: early detection saves lives.

Breast Cancer Poster (674 KB, PDF)
Number: IB 10-319SM
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"

Breast Cancer Poster (3.2 MB, PDF)
Number: IB 10-319LG
      nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;Dimensions: 11" x 17"

Breast cancer is the #2 cause of cancer death in women, but localized breast cancer has a 99% survival rate if detected early. Screenings save lives and VA provides mammograms to all Veterans. 45 VA facilities have on-site, digital mammography. And VA leads the nation in screenings.

In line with national guidelines, VA encourages all women between ages 50 and 75 to get mammograms every two years. Women ages 40 to 50 and those older than 75 should talk with their providers about the risks and benefits of having mammograms and make a decision based on their individual risk factors. When you see pink this month, remember to educate yourself—or someone you love—about breast cancer.

Learn more* from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Find additional information and resources from Healthline.*†

About Women Veterans

Women are now the fastest growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. The number of women Veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care is expected to be in high demand by the women Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care. Learn more about VA health care services for women Veterans.

Activity Ideas

Other ways to build awareness of breast cancer:
  • Coordinate a "wear pink" day.
  • Organize a lunchtime walk to promote the benefits of physical activity.
  • Hand out breast self-examination cards.
  • Download FDA "Pink Ribbon Sunday"* tools targeting African-American and Hispanic women.

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