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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Toni Keel, Truman VA RN

Toni Keel, Truman VA RN with Breast Cancer awareness ribbon

By the Women Veteran Advisory Committee and Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Early detection for breast cancer is essential, it can save lives! Toni Keel, a Truman VA RN and a Veteran of the U.S. Army, recently had a mammogram.  Here is her story.

Toni had a mammogram arranged by Truman VA with a local provider, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She states that the environment was very warm and welcoming. Toni valued the attention paid to patient privacy by having a separate waiting room for those scheduled for a mammogram.  The clinic staff made her feel at ease during the breast cancer screening, explaining each step in the process. Before Toni left that day, the staff gave her the results of her mammogram. She was impressed with the quick turnaround. Getting her results back immediately gave her peace of mind. 

Here are some tips from Toni for fellow Veterans: 

  • Talk to your VA provider about when you should start breast cancer screenings.
  • Mammograms can be uncomfortable, but take less than 20 minutes to complete.
  • Healthy eating and exercise are important in reducing your risk of cancer.
  • Detecting breast cancer early can save your life.

Veterans, you can join the fight against breast cancer by talking to your Truman VA PACT team about your risk factors and following through with recommended screenings.

Truman VA is committed to the fight against breast cancer. Veterans, visitors and staff are encouraged to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing PINK on Friday, October 9.  Also, stop by the Truman VA lobby on October 9 from 8am to 4pm to visit the display of PINK PUMPKINS  and the educational booth sponsored by the American Cancer Society & Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.


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