Considering October is breast cancer awareness month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has asked every female veteran to have an open dialog with their healthcare provider about receiving proper breast cancer screenings, according to an article in The Examiner.
Women face 1:8 odds they will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, which may make them eligible for veterans disability benefits. Although more advanced treatment is available, the 5-year rate of survival hovers around 90%. For those women lucky enough to detect the cancer while it is local to the breast, that survival rate jumps to around 99%.
The VA’s breast cancer screening process regularly outperforms private sector healthcare providers, possibly due to its integrated health system. Almost 90% of women eligible receive mammograms, which are one of the most successful methods of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. Quite simply, the earlier the cancer is detected, the better the chance of survival.
Women over 40 should absolutely already be in discussions with their doctors about their own personal screenings. If detection is the name of the game, the more time spent looking, the better. Mammograms are recommended every 2 years for women between 50 and 75 years old. Every woman is going to have different risk factors, and that is why the open dialogue with a healthcare provider is so necessary.
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