Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The leaves are beginning to change colors, making us aware that fall is here. One color that stands out this month is PINK, the symbol for breast cancer awareness. PINK is worn to honor someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and for awareness about detection, symptoms and treatment.
One way to detect breast cancer is by getting a mammogram. This is an x-ray of the breast and can show problems when there are no symptoms. Mammograms are a quick x-ray often taking less than 20 minutes. Women age 50 through 74 should have a mammogram every two years - earlier if they have risk factors for breast cancer.
Sherry Melton is an Army Veteran (4 years active duty & 2 years Reserves) and a Truman VA employee. She urges all women Veterans to get a mammogram. Sherry says, “I was told that a mammogram was painful. The degree of discomfort varies from person to person and I felt no pain when I had my mammogram.” Fear of discomfort should not be a reason to put off getting a mammogram. Sherry has a close friend who was able to detect her breast cancer at an early stage because she had a mammogram. She is thankful that mammograms help save so many lives.
Truman VA is hosting PINK OUT Days, encouraging Veterans, staff and visitors to support Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing PINK on October 15 and October 24. An information table, hosted by Ellis Fischer Cancer Center, will be in the Truman VA lobby from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The EEO committee has arranged for representatives of the Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen to be at Truman VA from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 24, in the auditorium. They will share information about breast cancer and inspirations from cancer survivors.
Questions about mammograms? Talk with your primary care provider. Routine mammograms can save your life!