Women Veterans Health Care
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, following lung cancer. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This makes breast cancer a serious concern for women Veterans. The good news is that localized breast cancer has a 99% survival rate if detected early, and VA leads the nation’s health care systems in providing mammograms to those who need them(VHA Patient Safety and Quality Report).
VA encourages all women between ages 50 and 75 to get mammograms every two years. If your health care provider recommends a mammogram outside of that age range, VA will still provide it. Breast cancer risk varies among women. Explore your risk with your health care team – they can help determine when you should start receiving mammograms and how you can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
Tools for you:
- Breast Cancer Risk Calculator
- Breast Cancer Risk Factors
- Know:BCRA(determine your genetic risk)
- Reduce Your Risk
Women Veterans Program Managers: All VA medical centers have a Women Veterans Program Manager to help women Veterans access VA benefits and health care services. To find the VA medical center nearest you, call 1-877-222-8387 or visit www.va.gov/directory.w
Women Veterans Call Center: VA Women Veterans can call 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) to ask questions about available VA services and resources.Want to know more? Check out VA's dedicated resources for Women Veterans:
Women Veteran Call Center
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